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 review. … 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 »
The Center for Food Integrity (CFI) was established five years ago “to build consumer trust and confidence in today’s food system.” A not-for-profit organization, its members represent each element of the food chain, including farmers and ranchers, universities, food processors, restaurants, retailers and food companies. Monsanto is a member of the group.
CFI sponsors a web site called BestFoodFacts.org, which is designed to provide objective and accurate information directly from experts – university researchers, academics and registered dieticians. Content of the site is not subject to CFI member approval. The content of each story or video on the site … Full Article »
Below are only a few of the studies and reviews that have been done on the safety of glyphosate and GM food.
Three new reviews on glyphosate and human safety published within the last year are available online from the publisher’s website:
• Pamela J. Mink, Jack S. Mandel, Bonnielin K. Sceurman, Jessica I. Lundin. Epidemiologic studies of glyphosate and cancer: A review.
• Pamela J. Mink, Jack S. Mandel, Jessica I. Lundin, Bonnielin K. Sceurman. Epidemiologic Studies of Glyphosate and Non-Cancer Health Outcomes: A Review.
• Amy Lavin Williams, Rebecca E. Watson, John M. DeSesso. … Full Article »
Is the United States is the only country growing and consuming biotech crops?
According to the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA), of the 29 countries planting biotech crops in 2011, it’s noteworthy that 19 were developing countries and 10 were industrial countries. The top 10 countries each grew more than one million hectares providing a broad-based worldwide foundation for diversified growth in the future; in fact, the top nine each grew more than 2 million hectares.
More than half the world’s population, 60 percent or about four billion people, live in the 29 countries planting biotech … Full Article »
The argument that pollen drift from GM crops will contaminate neighboring organic farmers’ fields, making their crop not able to be sold, is simply not true.
The practice of farmers successfully growing and marketing crops – whether biotech, conventional or organic – in close proximity is known as coexistence. Farmers have been successfully practicing coexistence for years.
In any working agricultural production system, incidental commingling of trace amounts of seed, grain or food product with another occurs. This is a reality of plant biology, seed production and the distribution of commodity crops, and was occurring long before the development of … Full Article »
Proposition 37 is a ballot initiative Californians will vote on in November that would require a warning label on food products that include a genetically modified (GM) ingredient. Food companies routinely use corn, soy or canola ingredients in their products, and have had the choice and used GM ingredients for a long time. The safety and benefits of these ingredients are well established. The debate will be heating up in advance of the November vote in California, so we want to be clear about our taking a stand on Proposition 37.
Consumers have broad food choices today, but could be … Full Article »
By Paul Lilley
Technology Development Crop Lead
Because I’m the Technology Development Crop Lead for sweet corn (and a few other crops too), I get to enjoy as much fresh sweet corn as I want. For several years, we’ve been testing our GM sweet corn in our fields and on select farmer’s fields. We do this to ensure that each new GM variety not only grows well, yields well and helps prevent insect damage, but also tastes just as good as our well-liked, traditional sweet corn varieties that have been around for years.
For the farmers who tested our sweet … Full Article »
Three recent studies – of biotech crops in Brazil, Argentina and India – all note the benefits of crops with biotechnology traits.
Celeres Ambiental, a consulting firm based in Brazil, looked at the impact of GM cotton, GM corn and herbicide-resistant soybeans for Brazilian farmers. The study, undertaken for the Brazilian Seed and Seedling Association, evaluated both the economic benefits to the farmers who have adopted biotechnology as well as the environmental benefits to society.
The study found that for every $1 that the farmer invested in biotech seed, Brazilian farmers obtained an incremental return that averaged US$ 2.61 … Full Article »