I-522 is a ballot initiative that Washington state voters will decide in November 2013. The measure would require a warning label on thousands of food products that include an ingredient from genetically modified (GM) crops; it also includes other provisions that would negatively impact Washington farmers, food companies and ultimately, consumers and taxpayers. We want to be clear about why we have joined farmers, researchers and scientists, biotechnology companies and businesses as well as doctors among others as part of a broad coalition opposing I-522.
Today’s Labeling Landscape Promotes Choice in the Marketplace
Opinion surveys consistently report that consumers … Full Article »
Today, the Council of State (Conseil d’Etat), the highest court in France, found that the French government’s 2012 ban on MON810 corn cultivation was illegal. This ban was announced in March 2012 by the Minister of Agriculture. The Conseil d’Etat had already ruled in 2011 that a previous 2008 ban on MON810 cultivation was illegal.
Monsanto was not a party to the lawsuit, but we’re pleased with the court’s ruling supporting a science- and evidence-based approach to GM crop policy.
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France 24: French court lifts ban on growing Monsanto GM corn
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The biotechnology industry has launched a new initiative to help people get the answers to their questions about “genetically modified organisms,” or GMOs.
WHAT: GMO ANSWERS, a new online resource that connects people who have questions about GM crops and foods with independent experts who have the answers.
WHY: We want people to know more about GM technology and the valuable role it plays in improving agricultural productivity and sustainability. The best way to do it is to answer any questions people may have.
HOW: We are making use of digital communications and social media to connect with people … Full Article »
Food allergies are a serious concern. Researchers have estimated that some 15 million Americans have some kind of food allergy. Eight foods account for 90 percent of the reported allergies – milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, fish, and shellfish. And for some people, food allergies can be fatal.
Some reports in online and popular magazines have suggested that the allergenicity rate has increased since the introduction of GM crops. There is no evidence to link allergenicity to currently authorized GM crops. In fact, food allergies have increased in all industrialized countries, including those where GM crops are not … Full Article »
Some recent reports are suggesting—again!—that Monsanto is withdrawing from business activities in Europe. The opposite is true. We’re actually expanding our operations in the conventional seed business in Europe, and will continue to sell Europe’s only successful commercial biotech crop, our MON810 corn, to farmers in several European countries. But we’ll no longer be pursuing approvals for cultivation of new biotech crops in Europe. Instead, we’ll focus on enabling imports of biotech crops into the EU and expanding our current business, particularly in Eastern Europe.
Monsanto´s business in Europe is very strong and growing. To better serve farmers in Europe, … Full Article »
A study is published in the Journal of Organic Systems. It claims to find a connection between genetically modified feed (corn and soybeans) for pigs and the pigs developing an increase in uterine weight and severe stomach inflammation.
The first thing to be noted is that the study is announced by simultaneous press releases – by GM Watch and Sustainable Pulse, two advocacy organizations opposed to GM food.
The second thing to be noted is that the lead author’s web site is devoted to anti-GM food reports, and happens to have a link on the home page to … Full Article »
We have a robust business selling high-quality, conventional corn, oilseed rape and vegetable seeds to our farmer customers in Europe.
We’ve been telling people in Europe for several years now that we’ll only sell biotech seeds where they enjoy broad farmer support, broad political support and a functioning regulatory system. These conditions apply only to a few countries in Europe today, primarily Spain and Portugal.
As Hugh Grant, our CEO told the Financial Times in 2009, “Europe’s going to make up its own mind in its own time.”
The only GM trait grown in Europe today is a corn resistant … Full Article »
Monsanto is committed to ensuring that our products contribute to a safe, healthful and reliable global food supply. Our families and our communities rely on us and the various experts involved in testing and reviewing the safety of the crops we produce. We take that responsibility to heart.
Biotech crops have been reviewed and tested more than any other crops in the history of agriculture and have been shown to be as safe and nutritious as their conventional counterparts. In addition, each of Monsanto’s products has undergone many years of research, field trials and comprehensive testing before submission for regulatory … Full Article »
The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA) recently released its report on the Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops 2012. Two significant developments were noted.
First, developing countries now dominate in plantings of biotech crops. “For the first time since the introduction of biotech/GM crops almost two decades ago,” the report said, “developing countries have grown more hectares of biotech crops than industrialized countries, contributing to food security and further alleviating poverty in some of the world’s most vulnerable regions.”
Developing countries accounted for 52 percent of the total global plantings of biotech crops in 2012, … Full Article »
On Monday, we posted a story about BestFoodFacts.org, and a video the group had recently posted on its blog which asked if GM crops were harming the environment. BestFoodFacts is a site sponsored by the Center for Food Integrity (CFI), designed to provide objective and accurate information directly from experts – university researchers, academics and registered dieticians. (Monsanto is a member of CFI.)
BestFoodFacts has posted a second video, “Are GM Foods Dangerous?” The video is a conversation between an Illinois mom and blogger, Betsie Estes, and Dr. Sally Mackenzie of the Center for Plant Science Innovation … Full Article »