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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 »

A Family Affair: Monsanto, Top Producer Take Farm Safety to Iowa Featured Article

By Sean Battles
U.S. Commercial Team

Monsanto, in partnership with a top producer, co-sponsored “Safety Days” in rural Riceville, Iowa, recently.  The Howard County Extension Farm event, featuring hands-on demonstrations and guest speakers who shared personal impact stories, brought farm and vehicle safety education to more than 450 local students and parents.  Themed “A Family Affair,” the event organizers reminded participants that safety issues affect all generations, and that parents and children alike should take an active role. 

The event also reminded the community – and perhaps the organizers, too – that the goal to expand safety awareness is a … Full Article »

First-aid Training Helps Injured Boy Featured Article

By Brian Russell
Public Affairs

Driving her son home from soccer practice on July 30 in Pretoria, South Africa, Rhandzu Shiringani came upon a crowd of people gathered on the side of the road.

She stopped her car and exited to discover a 13-year-old boy bleeding with an open fracture of his leg after being struck by a hit-and-run driver.

“There were people, and I just wanted to stop and see what was happening,” said Rhandzu, a research associate in trait integration.

Luckily for the boy, Rhandzu had recently taken part in a first-aid training course at her Monsanto Petit … Full Article »

Rounding Up the Evidence on the Safety of Glyphosate Featured Article

A recent study by Thongprakaisang et. al. published in Food and Chemical Toxicology suggested a connection between glyphosate and the growth of breast cancer via an “estrogen receptor signaling pathway.” Upon initial review, our scientists saw that the study findings were contradictory to the preponderance of evidence in the literature demonstrating glyphosate safety.  Because we take the stewardship of our products very seriously, we had a team of experts dig deeper into the study specifics as we do with all published studies relating to our products and technologies.

Here’s what we found.

First, while the title of the study … Full Article »

I’m Chris, and I feed my kids food made from GMO crops Featured Article

By Chris
Information Technology

In the run up to the March Against Monsanto, I, along with a few dozen of my colleagues, had our names and work phone numbers posted to the internet. Mine were probably lifted from a news release I distributed two jobs and seven years ago.

Predictably, this posting resulted in some calls.  Interestingly, the first two callers both mentioned my kids. The first asked whether I feed my kids foods made from GMO crops. Well, yeah. I eat these foods, and my kids eat these foods (and, yes, contrary to internet mythology, these foods are served … Full Article »

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Washington Post: “Dealing with Oregon’s Rogue Wheat” Featured Article

Yesterday, the Washington Post published an editorial about the report of GM wheat being found in Oregon.

“It’s a sign of the extreme sensitivity over genetically modified foods in some parts of the world that the discovery of a patch of pesticide-resistant wheat in Oregon was enough to convince Japan and South Korea this week to halt some imports of the crop from the United States,” the Post said. “The move might allay the fears of some East Asian consumers, at the expense of U.S. farmers and to the detriment of the warmer trading relations the two Asian governments seek … Full Article »

Monsanto and Global Vehicle Safety Featured Article

Monsanto drivers traveled 170 million miles and achieved a historic low rate of collisions per million miles (cpmm) of 3.08 in FY2011. 

The Monsanto vehicle policy is expanding globally to meet our diverse business needs. For example, newer and safer technologies are considered when replacing vehicles in order to increase the safety of all drivers and passengers while driving on public roads or farms under varying conditions; drivers are required to participate in a commentary/peer reviewed driving process to help them improve their driving skills under actual driving conditions; seatbelt use is mandated by all vehicle occupants in company vehicles … Full Article »

Monsanto and Off-the-Job Safety Featured Article

Monsanto continues to be a leader with the outreach of our Global-Off-the-Job Safety (OTJS) Program. Monsanto employees delivered awareness training and critical safety supplies related to vehicle safety, emergency preparedness, first aid and illness/injury prevention, to name a few. 

The company collectively touched 350,000 employees, family members, members of the communities where we live and work, and customers through the numerous outreach activities across the world in FY2011. In recognition of the Monsanto employees who promote safety in the communities where we live and work, the Actively Caring Award (ACA) was developed to recognize those employees who used life-saving skills … Full Article »

Monsanto’s Commitment to Safety of Our Neighbors Featured Article

In addition to the safety of our employees, families, and contractors, we value the safety of our neighbors in the communities where we operate. We recognize the need to have strong process safety management systems in place and continuously improve those systems. 

A Process Safety Leadership Team and a management review system monitors process safety systems across our chemical operations. A Process Safety Technical Team made up of key technical contacts from each of our chemical manufacturing sites meets regularly to share process safety information and identify and promote good practices. Monsanto has adopted the safety metrics recommended by the … Full Article »