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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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What does carbon neutral mean? A Q&A with an expert

Mike Lohuis is the Ag Environmental Strategy Lead at Monsanto, and is helping develop our strategy to address climate change. Here he answers some questions about our commitment to carbon neutrality.

What is Carbon Neutral Crop Production, and why is it important?

Crops use the process of photosynthesis to naturally convert carbon-dioxide from the atmosphere into oxygen and organic carbon in the form of plant biomass, roots and grain. However, the use of tillage, fuel, fertilizer, manure and other inputs used to grow crops also release carbon-dioxide and other greenhouse gases (GHG) back into the atmosphere. Carbon-neutral cropping is a … 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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Concerned about pesticide residue? Featured Article

By Kimberly Hodge-Bell
Senior Toxicologist

The food supply in the United States is one of the safest in the world, thanks to an established system that includes clean water, refrigeration, national standards and oversight.

Yet some groups are testing for trace residues in our food and trying to raise concerns. I’ve dedicated most of my 12-year career to product safety. As part of our ongoing conversation with consumers, I’d like to share some key facts and put these concerns into perspective.

According to physicians and other food safety experts, the mere presence of a chemical itself is not a human health 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 »

Why is the EPA Reviewing Roundup and Glyphosate? Featured Article

By Jennifer Listello
Monsanto Global Chemistry Regulatory Affairs

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) takes a comprehensive look at all safety and toxicology data available for a registered pesticide at least every 15 years to protect public health and the environment. This routine regulatory review is required of all pesticides and is currently underway for glyphosate. Glyphosate is one of the most widely used broad spectrum herbicides in the world and is the primary active ingredient in Roundup® brand herbicides.

When evaluating a pesticide, the EPA maintains a transparent process for assessing potential risks. Each review is unique, yet the … Full Article »

Why Moms and Dads Should Feel Confident in the Safety of Glyphosate Featured Article

An open letter to parents from parents at Monsanto:

We all want what’s best for our kids. As parents ourselves, we care about the food we feed our families just like you do. Not only are we consumers, we’re also intimately involved in developing products that contribute to safe and nutritious food choices for everyone, including our own families and friends.

Our agriculture business includes more than 4,000 researchers who are working each and every day to make sure our discoveries become safe and effective products. Our team includes physicians, nutritionists, dietitians, toxicologists, plant scientists and many others who have … Full Article »

The Truth About Toxic Wheat Featured Article

By Jenny Dewey Rohrich, Prairie Californian

You may or may not have seen this article from the Healthy Home Economist touting wheat is toxic due to being sprayed with Round up (glyphosate) as a pre-harvest. This article brings up some pretty fear inducing statistics for both farmers and non-farmers. Farming is our life and our passion and when someone spreads fear in regards to our livelihood, it is hard not to take it personal. So we respond in the best way we know how, through our own experiences and how we run our own farms.

Unfortunately, trying to lump all farming … Full Article »

Setting the Record Straight About Roundup and Chronic Diseases Featured Article

A few reports keep circulating that blame the use of Roundup® branded herbicides, or glyphosate-based pesticides in general, for various chronic diseases. We’d like to set the record straight. We want you to know that consumer and farmer safety is critically important to us; and we’re confident that all of our registered herbicides pose no unreasonable risks when used according to label directions.

Why are we so confident? Glyphosate-based herbicides have a 40-year history of safe use and are supported by one of the most extensive worldwide human health, safety and environmental databases ever compiled for a pesticide product.

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Argentina and Pesticides Featured Article

Over the weekend, the Associated Press published stories alleging growing health problems in Argentina due to misapplied and illegal application of pesticides.  The stories report that AP documented dozens of such cases, but provide very few specifics.  Activist doctors and academics are quoted as asserting that cancer rates and birth defects are increasing and associated with the use of pesticides. Argentina’s government is criticized for not taking action to address activities that threaten public health.

We deplore the misuse of any pesticides, regardless of who makes them. Monsanto’s employees work very hard to ensure that our customers and suppliers are … Full Article »

Another Bogus “Study” Featured Article

A paper published this month in the physics journal Entropy attempts to claim that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide,  is connected as a cause, or a link in a chain to a cause, for numerous diseases, including autism, Alzheimer’s, obesity, anorexia nervosa, liver disease, reproductive and developmental disorders, and cancer. With no new data, a piecemeal approach, and low scientific quality, the paper is less a scientific paper and more sheer hypothetical speculation.

The authors, Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff, have strong connections with the anti-GM activist community. Samsel describes himself as helping “those who are victimized by … Full Article »