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Beyond the Rows is a Monsanto Company blog focused on one of the world’s most important industries, agriculture. Monsanto employees write about Monsanto’s business, the agriculture industry, and the farmer.
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Monsanto Statement on Reports Alleging Illegal Dicamba Use Featured Article

by Miriam Paris, U.S. Soybean Marketing Manager

At Monsanto, we focus on bringing farmers a broad range of solutions to help them sustainably grow their crops. Increasingly, our aim is to develop solutions that are integrated and complementary. We are working in the areas of plant breeding, biotechnology, data science and chemistry to bring farmers products and services that work together as a system to help farmers achieve their best possible harvest.

Earlier this year, we introduced part of a new system for soybeans called Roundup Ready 2 Xtend®, after a similar launch for cotton in 2015 that was successful. … Full Article »

Monsanto statement on discovery of glyphosate-tolerant wheat plants in Washington state Featured Article

Aug. 5, 2016, Update: The Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) has announced that it has completed screening on 91 samples of wheat imported from the state of Washington.  According to the MFDS announcement, no transgenic wheat was detected.  This conclusion by the MFDS reinforces  the statement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) that this was a very isolated incident and there is “no evidence of GE wheat in commerce.”  Of the samples screened by MFDS, 67 came from shipments imported prior to July 29 but held for screening prior to … Full Article »

The NPR/IQ2US Debate on GMOs Featured Article

On Dec. 3, Intelligence Squared U.S. (IQ2US) livestreamed a debate on GMOs. Monsanto’s Chief Technology Officer Dr. Robb Fraley and Alison Van Eenennaam, a genomics and biotechnology scientist at the University of California-Davis, argued the positive case for GMOs against Charles Benbrook, research professor at the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, and Margaret Mellon, a science policy consultant and former senior scientist for Union of Concerned Scientists.

IQ2US is a non-partisan, nonprofit organization founded in 2006 to restore civility, reasoned analysis and constructive public discourse to today’s often biased media landscape. IQ2US reaches millions through radio, television, live streaming, … Full Article »

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2014 Election Results and Impact Featured Article

On November 4th, voters across the United States cast their ballots for the mid-term elections for federal, state and local candidate’s races.

In Maui County, Hawaii, voters passed an initiative that proposed a moratorium on the development, farming and cultivation of genetically engineered crops in their county. Like many others, we’re concerned about the potential consequences of this ban for the County and for farming in Hawaii. If enacted, it will hurt the local economy, as well as local farmers and home gardeners. We believe that people should be free to plant the seeds of their own choice whether those … Full Article »

GMA Contests Legality of Vermont Labeling Law Featured Article

Yesterday, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and several other trade organizations filed suit to contest the legality of the recently enacted mandatory GM labeling law in Vermont. This had been expected since May, when the GMA announced it was considering legal action.

Monsanto believes a state-by-state patchwork of labeling laws will create confusion and uncertainty for consumers, and additionally would force consumers to pay more for the food they need.  We support the food industry’s decision to challenge the legality of the labeling law in Vermont, and we also support the Coalition for Safe Affordable Foods’ (CFSAF) position that … Full Article »

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Biotech Benefits For Farmers

Over the last 20 years, biotech or GM seeds have provided real and documented benefits to farmers worldwide.  For those of us who don’t farm or have the opportunity to see these benefits firsthand, we’ve captured a few here with links to online resources if you’re interested in learning more.

GM crops enable us to produce more food sustainably while using fewer resources. For example, GM crops provide a healthier environment by saving on pesticides and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions while increasing crop yields substantially.

Resource:  Top 10 Facts, ISAAA, 2013
“From 1996 to 2012, biotech crops contributed to Food … Full Article »

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GMO Safety: The Proof Is in the Numbers Featured Article

This week’s 2013 Global Biotech Crop Report from ISAAA highlights key milestones in adoption of GMO crops, as well as the expanding range of GMO benefits seen in both developing and industrialized countries.  The agriculture industry continues to make great strides in enabling safe production of nutritious food in a sustainable manner, and biotechnology continues to be a valuable tool in these efforts.

ISAAA’s report updates some of the most important numbers for all of us:  the numbers that demonstrate the proven safety record of GMO products.  The truth of the matter is, no food product has been more thoroughly … Full Article »

Monsanto Statement on US Supreme Court Decision Not to Hear OSGATA Case Featured Article

Today it was announced that the U.S. Supreme Court had decided not to review lower court decisions upholding Monsanto’s position in a lawsuit brought by the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association over fears of litigation involving accidental pollination. The U.S. District Court and U.S. Court of Appeals had both ruled against the plaintiffs, pointing out that Monsanto had never sued anyone for accidental pollination and had publicly committed not to do that.

Monsanto issued this statement:

“Monsanto never has and has committed it never will sue if our patented seed or traits are found in a farmer’s field as … Full Article »

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Are Monsanto’s Vegetable Seeds GMO? Featured Article

The answer is simple: the vast majority of the vegetable seeds that we develop and sell to farmers are not biotech/GMO.

Surprised?

Some might think that the $181 Million we spend annually in research and development for our vegetable seeds would no doubt go to developing GMO seeds, but actually well over 98% of that investment is focused on breeding for seeds that improve the quality and productivity of vegetables. That means great seeds for the farmers who grow great tasting, nutritious and affordable produce for you and me.

What do we do with that 2% or less that … Full Article »

Taking a Stand on Washington’s I-522: Misleading and Increase Food Costs Featured Article

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 »