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Monsanto statement regarding WHO report on glyphosate cancer risk Featured Article

Today, the Joint FAO/WHO Meeting on Pesticide Residues (JMPR) issued a summary report on glyphosate, diazinon and malathion. The conclusions of the JMPR for glyphosate, diazinon and malathion were favorable and came to a different conclusion than IARC on all three pesticides. Concerning glyphosate specifically, Monsanto was not surprised by JMPR’s positive conclusion, which was based on all the relevant science and consistent with the findings of regulatory agencies around the world.  The JMPR concluded glyphosate: presents a very low acute toxicity; is not associated with genotoxic effects in an overwhelming majority of studies conducted in mammals; and is unlikely … Full Article »

Monsanto’s Continued Concerns About IARC Glyphosate Claims Featured Article

By Scott Partridge, Monsanto Vice President Global Strategy

At Monsanto, I work with many teams that research and develop products to help farmers, and ultimately, consumers, every day. These teams rely on the science to guide their decision-making, and they adhere to the rigorous regulatory processes established by governments around the world to bring our products to market. Recently, glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup agricultural herbicides, has been under attack by a French-based group called the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Its activities have raised a lot of questions, which we intend to explore further.

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Response to Benbrook’s Paper “Trends in Glyphosate Herbicide Use in the United States and Globally” Featured Article

Consistent with his previous papers, the latest from Charles Benbrook, titled “Trends in glyphosate herbicide use in the United States and globally,” omits important context and significantly misrepresents the safety of glyphosate-based herbicides. Unfortunately, the result will no doubt be another wave of unwarranted confusion and concern among consumers about an agricultural tool with a 40 year history of safe and effective use.

Most importantly, glyphosate safety is supported by one of the most extensive worldwide human health, crop residue and environmental databases ever compiled on a pesticide product. In evaluations spanning four decades, the overwhelming conclusion of experts worldwide Full Article »

Monsanto takes legal action to prevent flawed listing of glyphosate under California’s Prop 65 Featured Article

Prop 65 listing would be based solely on erroneous IARC classification, would contradict agency’s own 2007 assessment, and would defy scientific conclusions of U.S. EPA and regulators around the world

Monsanto Company is taking legal action to prevent a flawed listing of the herbicide glyphosate under California’s Proposition 65 (Prop 65), which requires the state to maintain a “list of chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer.”  The listing of glyphosate would be flawed and baseless because glyphosate does not cause cancer, as has been concluded by the U.S. EPA, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and … Full Article »

Addressing Recent Litigation on Glyphosate Featured Article

Glyphosate-based herbicides have a 40-year history of safe use.  Glyphosate has been the subject of more than 800 different health and safety studies, and no regulatory agency in the world considers glyphosate to be a carcinogen.  However, after the classification of glyphosate by IARC in Category 2A in March 2015, plaintiffs’ attorneys in the United States began soliciting plaintiffs for potential lawsuits.  These attorneys are attempting to tie the IARC classification to individual cases of cancer, and they’re running ads to recruit plaintiffs in local newspapers and on the radio.  At this time, one individual lawsuit is pending.

While we’re … Full Article »

Our Perspective: The Truth about Public Health and Safety of GMOs and Herbicides

Op-ed in New England Journal of Medicine by authors Philip Landrigan and Charles Benbrook misrepresented extensive regulatory evaluations of glyphosate and other herbicides

By Daniel Goldstein, M.D., Senior Science Fellow & Scientific Affairs Lead, and
Donna Farmer, Ph.D., Product Protection & Nutrition Lead

As a company, our mission is to deliver a broad range of tools to help farmers produce better harvests in a more environmentally sustainable way.  We’re absolutely committed to the safety of our products – whether those products are conventional or GMO seeds or pesticides, and we firmly believe that the only way to ensure safety … Full Article »

Fact Check: Setting the record straight on the Dr. Oz segment on glyphosate safety Featured Article

We watched the Dr. Oz segment, and we stand by our statement: All labeled uses of glyphosate are safe for human health. This is backed up by decades of data on glyphosate that have been extensively reviewed by the U.S. EPA and other regulatory agencies and science organizations, including the European Commission, Health Canada and many others. We welcome dialogue with consumers on these important issues, and we invite anyone with questions about glyphosate safety or other topics to reach out to us at discover.monsanto.com.

On his program today, Dr. Oz said he couldn’t get anyone who supports … Full Article »

Statement on Dr. Oz’s Segment on IARC and Glyphosate Safety Featured Article

As consumers ourselves, we at Monsanto are committed to both the safety of our products and to transparency and engagement with society.  We’ve joined with the industry and other groups to explain our disagreement and concern with the recent classification of glyphosate by IARC.  All labeled uses of glyphosate are safe for human health and supported by one of the most extensive worldwide human health databases ever compiled on an agricultural product.  More information on glyphosate is available here, and information from the industry is posted here.

Recently, we were informed that The Dr. Oz Show plans to … Full Article »

What the IARC 2A Rating for Glyphosate Really Means Featured Article

By Donna Farmer,
Product Protection & Nutrition Lead

As a toxicologist who has dedicated the better part of my 30-year career to product safety, it feels important to explain what the recent IARC review means – and doesn’t mean.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) convened a meeting March 3-10, 2015 to evaluate the potential carcinogenic risks to humans from several pesticides, including glyphosate. Glyphosate is an active ingredient in many popular herbicides, including some produced by Monsanto.

IARC concluded that glyphosate belongs in a 2A category as probably carcinogenic to humans, a category that includes professions such … Full Article »