European Union: Please make up your mind on organic, for the sake of the environment

Derek 's quote on organic farming practicesBy Gary Frewin

Is the practice of organic farming supposed to be about eco-farming at its best or is it supposed to be all natural? It’s important to know because it cannot be both at the same time. Such is the confusion on this question today that everybody seems to have a different answer. Even the European Union (EU) has defined organic in radically different ways depending where you look, for example the Organic Legislation 2007 says this:

1) Organic production is an overall system of farm management and food production that combines best environmental practices […] and a production method in line with the preference of certain consumers for products produced using natural substances and processes.

The appeal to nature should be obvious to most of you...

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Image of a farmer on a farm. Monsanto's response to the Monsanto Tribunal.

For The Record: The mock tribunal distracts from real dialogue on the world’s food and agriculture needs and the full realization of human rights.

To people interested in food, the environment and biodiversity, human rights, and Monsanto,

In growing our food, farmers face some tough challenges as the world’s population continues to grow. We work daily to provide farmers with a broad range of solutions so they can have better harvests while making land, water and other natural resources go further, and make a more balanced plate of food more accessible for everyone.

To address these ever increasing challenges collaboratively and advance our commitment to human rights, we welcome a genuine constructive conversation with diverse ideas and perspectives about food and farming...

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Independent experts find glyphosate unlikely to pose human carcinogenic risk

A one litre bottle of Roundup weedkiller.

A one litre bottle of Roundup® weedkiller.

At Monsanto, we’re fully confident in the safety profile of our products. Our confidence is based on rigorous internal safety assessments in addition to safety assessments by regulatory authorities, independent researchers and other experts around the world. On 28 September a new peer-reviewed study reviewing the total scientific evidence of the herbicide glyphosate concluded that it is unlikely to pose a carcinogenic risk to humans.

In July 2015, Monsanto retained a scientific consultant to convene an expert panel to review the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) monograph on glyphosate once it published...

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Bayer and Monsanto to Create a Global Leader in Agriculture

(Republished from the Monsanto corporate website:

  • Realizes a shared vision of integrated agricultural offerings, delivering enhanced solutions for growers and creates a leading innovation engine for the next generation of farming
  • USD 128 per share in all-cash transaction, represents 44 percent premium to Monsanto shareholders and an aggregate value of USD 66 billion
  • Significant value creation with expected annual synergies of approximately USD 1.5 billion after year three; plus additional synergies from integrated solutions in future years
  • Bayer shareholders expected to benefit from accretion to core EPS in the first full year after closing and double-digit percentage accretion in the third full year
  • Committed to retaining strong pres...
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Swiss Parliament Rejects Glyphosate Ban

Invasive hogweed

At least decisions are still made on the basis of sound science in some places.

While some European Union governments, led by France and Italy, have proposed new restrictions on the sale and use of glyphosate by farmers, municipalities and others who need to control weeds, the Swiss Parliament has just outright rejected a petition to ban glyphosate.

In a decision recently published on its website, the Swiss Parliament’s Committee on Science, Education and Culture rejected the petition, arguing that “According to current evidence there are no scientific reasons to justify a ban on the use of glyphosate in general, or in agriculture in particular.”

Glyphosate is the active ingredient in the world’s most widely used herbicides, including Monsanto’s Roundup® brand weed killer.

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What does ‘carbon neutral’ farming mean?

A step-by-step guide to carbon neutral practices in farming.

A step-by-step guide to carbon neutral practices in farming.

You may have heard the term ‘carbon neutral’ in relation to farming practices that are better for the environment; but what does that mean exactly?

In a nutshell, it is a system that abandons traditional tilling (plowing) on farms and promotes the use of cover crops that help the soil absorb more water and store more carbon dioxide. This combination minimises the loss of fertile soil from wind and water erosion. Moreover, crops have the potential to store at least as much carbon as soil carbon instead of releasing it as greenhouse gas emissions.

Today, after the energy sector, agriculture is the world’s second-highest emitter of carbon dioxide...

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What’s Monsanto Doing with Dietitians? (EN/ES)

The 17th International Congress of Dietetics logo

The 17th International Congress of Dietetics will be held in Granada, Spain, from 7 to 10 September this year.

By Milton Stokes

Most people know dietitians work in hospitals, outpatient clinics and public health settings. I’ve done all those myself. Dietitians also work in communication, and often we specialise.

But many people wonder, “What’s Monsanto doing with dietitians?” I receive this question from time to time, especially since Monsanto is an agricultural company, focused on providing sustainable solutions for farmers. Why is a dietitian working at Monsanto? Furthermore, why is Monsanto participating in conferences with food and nutrition professionals?

Monsanto greatly values the dietetics profession...

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Monsanto saves on carbon emissions equal to 13,000 trees in Germany

A certificate given to Monsanto in Germany by the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental Safety and Energy Technology for achieving large reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.

A certificate given to Monsanto in Germany by the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental Safety and Energy Technology for achieving a large reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.

In 2015, Monsanto’s crop protection operations in Germany reduced their greenhouse gas emissions by 179,841 kilograms, or 180 tonnes, as a result of an eco-friendly packaging initiative. This is equivalent to 12,962 trees absorbing greenhouse emissions in Europe. The achievement was validated by the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental Safety and Energy Technology (Fraunhofer Umsicht) in Germany.

This carbon footprint calculation is a direct result of Monsanto’s efforts in recycling agricultural packaging. We did not achieve this feat all alone: we worked in partnership with the PAMIRA® programme, also based...

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Monsanto launches #CO2MUCH campaign: Combating Agriculture’s Carbon Footprint

Image of #CO2Much Campaign banner.Agriculture’s carbon footprint totals about six billion tonnes of greenhouse gases (GHGs) each year, making up 13% of global emissions. In fact, after the energy sector, agriculture is the world’s second-highest emitter.

Looking ahead, mitigating emissions and the effects of climate change will be crucial to preserving our planet. But with a growing global population and changing consumption habits, set to rise to over nine billion people by 2050, demand for food and in turn food production will also rise. With this in mind, it’s clear that reducing the impact of the agriculture sector will play a particularly crucial role in keeping global temperature targets below a 2oC rise.

That’s why Monsanto, in Europe and the rest of the world, is working to spread awareness and highlight to t...

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Awards go to digital innovation on the farm at EuroScience Open Forum 2016

A Combine Harvester on a farm. Image courtesy of CommBeBiz.

A Combine Harvester on a farm. Image courtesy of CommBeBiz.

This year, Europe’s biggest science festival, the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF16), was held in Manchester in the UK. Notable speakers included Dr Emmanuelle Charpentier, one of the scientists at the vanguard of the exciting genome technology CRISPR-Cas9, and director of the Max Planck Institute in Germany, as well as Andre Geim, professor at the University of Manchester UK who shared a Nobel prize for his discovery of the wonder material graphene.

About 4,500 thinkers, innovators, policy makers, journalists and educators from more than 90 countries attended ESOF16. One of the highlights that caught our attention was from CommBeBiz, an organisation partly funded by the European Commission, and their Innovation Awards in research...

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