News
June 17, 2014
Monsanto France expands production capacity to meet growing local and export demand

At a news conference in Paris today, Monsanto France described the company’s commitment to meeting growing customer demand in high-quality maize, oilseed rape and vegetable seeds by expanding local production as well as research and development.

Catherine Lamboley, president of Monsanto SAS, told a news conference in Paris that the company had invested around €137 million to expand its two main seed production facilities in France over the past year. “France is one of the most important markets for Monsanto outside the United States,” she said. “Half of French farmers and 3 million French gardeners use Monsanto products.” Monsanto’s French seed production plants also export seeds to more than 30 countries.

The company’s investments in France are part of a broader expansion of its conventional seed business in Europe. Maize seed production facilities have also been expanded in Romania, Hungary and Turkey as part of a €500 million investment program planned over the course of this decade.

Monsanto employs more than 500 people at 11 sites in France, including extensive plant breeding operations. All of the company’s seeds grown and sold in France are non-genetically modified. The focus of the company’s activities is helping farmers grow more, better and more affordable food with less land, water, energy, waste and worry.

Communiqué de presse

Some of the initial media coverage of the media briefing (in French) can be found here:

http://www.lefigaro.fr/flash-eco/2014/06/17/97002-20140617FILWWW00189-monsanto-investit-137-m-en-france.php

http://www.lepoint.fr/societe/meme-sans-ogm-la-france-reste-une-priorite-pour-monsanto-17-06-2014-1837118_23.php

 

Comments

    Svetislav
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    June 18, 2014
    Another set of lies. It is almost unbelievable how money can turn things upside down. Have you tried tomatoes from your wonderful seeds? No taste, or better to say, they taste like plastic.
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    Brandon Mitchener
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    June 20, 2014
    Reply to Svetislav: Monsanto's vegetable seed brands sell more than 300 kinds of tomatoes, most of which are very tasty. I recently had the opportunity to try a bunch of them myself.
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    Svetislav
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    July 1, 2014
    Dear Brandon, I am afraid you have no idea how tomatoes look and really taste. I am sure you are buying organically grown vegetables and fruits for your own use. That is where the hypocrisy rests.
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    Brandon Mitchener
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    July 2, 2014
    This blog isn't about anyone's personal buying habits but in the interest of full transparency I'm fine with informing you that I do not buy any organically grown produce, given that Europe's leading consumer organizations, Stanford University and numerous other credible authorities have concluded time after time that there is no taste or health benefit to buying organic food, only a higher price. Here are some relevant articles on the website of Which?, the UK consumer organization: http://conversation.which.co.uk/energy-home/organic-food-loses-our-taste-test-surprised/ http://conversation.which.co.uk/consumer-rights/organic-food-better-for-you-health/ http://conversation.which.co.uk/consumer-rights/time-to-clear-the-confusion-about-organic-food/ http://conversation.which.co.uk/consumer-rights/high-organic-food-prices-lower-demand/
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