Myth: “Monsanto sells ‘Terminator’ seeds.”

Myth: “Monsanto sells ‘Terminator’ seeds.”

 

Fact: The simple answer is no. The purpose behind sterile-seed technology, which was dubbed “terminator technology” in the media, was essentially to prevent farmers from reusing seed technology that is under patent protection. This technology was developed by Delta and Pine Land Company, which we acquired in 2007.

In 1999, after talking with international experts and smallholder farmers, we made a commitment to never commercialize so-called “terminator” seeds, and we’ve never wavered from it. We share their concerns, we stand firmly by this commitment, and we have no plans or research that would violate this commitment in any way. If you’re interested, you can read an open letter in which we describe that commitment and why we made it here: http://monsanto.info/1sml2Vt.