Monsanto Company shares its side of the story regarding the march
JUANA DIAZ, PR – We are aware that a local demonstration against agricultural biotechnology, glyphosate-based herbicides, and our company is being promoted and expected to take place this next May. Similar events have taken place before. We know people have different points of view on these topics, and it’s important that they’re able to express and share them. Therefore, we’d like to share with you our side of the story.
The more than 20,000 people of Monsanto are committed to having an open dialogue about modern agriculture and how food is grown as we focus on using digital tools, data and research to find solutions that balance the need to feed people and protect the planet – we’re proud of the work we do, and we’re eager for people to know more about us. Through innovation and collaboration with farmers and partnering organizations, we develop new tools that help the world’s farmers grow food using less of the earth’s natural resources.
To learn more about Monsanto’s innovations, collaborations and work, please visit Monsanto.com,Monsanto.PR, a page on some of our partnerships, and our 2017 Sustainability Report. We welcome anyone who wants to learn more about Monsanto to ask us a question at monsanto.com/conversation.
About genetically modified organisms (GMOs) Safety
As consumers ourselves, people who work at Monsanto care about the quality and safety of the food we eat, and we’re committed to developing products that contribute to safe and nutritious food choices. Safety is our top priority, and we conduct rigorous and comprehensive testing on each and every one of our products. In fact, GM seeds have been tested more than any other seeds in the history of agriculture – with no evidence of harm to humans or animals.
Regulatory agencies, scientific organizations, and leading health associations worldwide, including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the United States, as well as similar agencies in other countries, such as the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Health Canada, and the World Health Organization (WHO), agree that food based on seeds and GM crops are as safe as any other another food.
One of the organizations that more recently has expressed its conclusions on this subject was the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, which determined that genetically modified foods are healthy for humans and the environment. Learn more here: https://nas-sites.org/ge-crops/.
About glyphosate safety
In evaluations spanning four decades, the overwhelming conclusion of experts worldwide – including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), and the Joint FAO/WHO Meeting on Pesticide Residues (JMPR) – has been that glyphosate can be used safely. In fact, glyphosate safety is supported by one of the most extensive worldwide human health, crop residue and environmental databases ever compiled on a pesticide product. Like all pesticides, regulatory authorities around the world routinely review the latest safety data on glyphosate.
This past month of November, new findings from the U.S. Agricultural Health Study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute show no link between glyphosate and cancer. The article is available here: https://goo.gl/aSEdmz.
Only one organization has associated glyphosate with cancer, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). IARC’s classification is inconsistent with the overwhelming consensus of regulatory authorities and other experts around the world, who have assessed all the studies examined by IARC – and many more. While IARC’s erroneous classification has attracted media attention and been used repeatedly by certain anti-agriculture organizations to generate unwarranted fear and confusion, regulators around the world continue to support the safe use of glyphosate.
Recent investigations have shown that IARC members concealed and manipulated data that would have undermined IARC’s opinion. Learn more here: http://reut.rs/2wp9f5P. IARC’s flawed opinion and non- transparent process have also come under investigation by the U.S. Congress.
For more information on glyphosate, please visit: monsanto.com/glyphosate.
About Monsanto Company
Monsanto is committed to bringing a broad range of solutions to help nourish our growing world. We produce seeds for fruits, vegetables and key crops – such as corn, soybeans, and cotton – that help farmers have better harvests while using water and other important resources more efficiently. We work to find sustainable solutions for soil health, help farmers use data to improve farming practices and conserve natural resources, and provide crop protection products to minimize damage from pests and disease. Through programs and partnerships, we collaborate with farmers, researchers, nonprofit organizations, universities and others to help tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges. To learn more about Monsanto, our commitments and our more than 20,000 dedicated employees, please visit monsanto.com. Follow our business on Twitter®at twitter.com/MonsantoCo.