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A Top Court Strikes Down French MON810 Ban – for Fourth Time (EN/FR)

You might think the first three high court rejections would send a clear enough message to the French government that it can’t just ban things on a whim. Think again. Although Monsanto wasn’t even selling the product in the country and had no intention to do so, the government in March 2014 tried a fourth time to ban Monsanto’s MON810 genetically modified (GM), insect-resistant maize on dubious scientific grounds. Now France’s top administrative court has struck the ban down–again–for being scientifically baseless.

On August 1st, 2013 and November 28th, 2011, the Conseil d’Etat had already found that the French government’s 2008 and 2011 bans on MON810 cultivation were illegal. Furthermore, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on Sept 8th, 2011 found the French ban on the cultivation...

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French court upholds validity of construction permit for Monsanto seed plant in Trèbes / Validité confirmée du permis de construire de l’usine de semences de Monsanto à Trèbes

plant_mapThe judge of the administrative court of Montpellier has confirmed the validity of a construction permit for the expansion of Monsanto’s maize seed processing plant in an industrial zone of Trèbes, in southern France.

Monsanto welcomes the decision, which confirmed an earlier decision in which a judge refused to grant an appeal by local residents to stop the construction.

The expansion of the Trèbes plant began in 2013, and the $103 million investment there has doubled the capacity of the plant to process maize seed for French farmers and for export. The expansion represents a socio-economic opportunity for Trèbes and the surrounding region.

For more information about what goes on in a Monsanto maize seed processing plant, check out our virtual tour or our Where Seeds Come From broch...

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Monsanto sponsors an Italian maize maze (EN/IT)

By Rachel Moore

This July, a maize maze has opened in Jesolo, Italy, a popular tourist town near Venice.

Monsanto Italy is a sponsor of the attraction and provided the seed used to grow the 3.7 hectares of maize.

With only one entrance and exit, the maze is actually a labyrinth, making it fun for people of all ages. It’s located near Piazza Nember, which has many parking options and access to public transit and other tourist activities. To recognise the efforts of Jesolo on this project, the pattern of the maze resembles a logo customised specially for the city.

The entrance features an information section complete with signs that show and explain sustainable maize irrigation and cultivation methods...

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DEKALB® unveils a new look and brand promise to Europe’s farmers: SEED YOUR SUCCESS

DEKALB electric wing and Seed Your SuccessUnderlining a significant investment in production capacity in Europe, Monsanto’s DEKALB® seeds brand now has a new look and promise to the region’s farmers: DEKALB will help SEED YOUR SUCCESS.

The 100-year old seed brand is being relaunched in Europe with a modern upgrade of its iconic winged maize cob look, new seed bags, new websites and new, improved online services for customers.

The start of a new year marks the launch of the first websites to sport the new look and feel in English, French, Italian, Spanish, Czech, Slovakian, Russian and Ukrainian. Other sites will follow in coming weeks and months.

“The investment in new marketing and communications tools underlines our commitment to helping ensure farmers’ success with a broad range of solutions for better harvests with less waste...

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Myth: Monsanto, under pressure, has just decided to stop selling GM maize in Italy

Here we go again. This week brought yet another round of media beat-ups in which organic farmers and others attacked Monsanto for something we haven’t said, done or were ever going to do.

Throughout the Italian Media, politicians, organic farmers and other opponents of genetically modified (GM) seeds and foods were claiming a ‘victory’ over Monsanto. The articles reported that Monsanto was withdrawing from cultivating GMO crops in Italy–this week–as a result of opponents’ successful lobbying over the biotech maize MON810. Well, either those people all have amnesia, or they just like telling bald-faced lies to the public.

Fact: Monsanto has never sold GM maize in Italy. Nor were we about to. Nor planning to anytime in the foreseeable future.

Monsanto DEKALB-brand maize (corn)

Monsanto DEKALB-brand maize (corn)

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EFSA slams France — again — for banning MON810 — again

In a continent where populist, antediluvian views about genetically modified (GM) seeds and foods seem to dominate headlines, it is always reassuring that at least the serious scientists agree on their safety.

Last week, the European Food Safety Authority, which is normally independent of political interference (despite the best attempts of certain member states, including France, to meddle with its opinions), declared that France’s latest ban on Monsanto’s MON810 maize was yet another populist, protectionist reflex. Mind you, EFSA can never say that directly. Its opinions are always very carefully worded, such as the latest finding that “based on the documentation submitted by France, there is no specific scientific evidence, in terms of risk to human and animal health or the environmen...

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Here we go again… Zombie Seralini study repackages discredited research

Two years ago, the global scientific community responded en masse to thoroughly reject and discredit a two-year rat feeding study led by Prof. Eric Giles-Seralini and published by Food and Chemical Toxicology.  Public scientific and medical societies worldwide found fault in almost every aspect of Mr. Seralini’s work and its claims about the health effect of genetically modified maize and the herbicide ingredient glyphosate on rats. Just a few examples:

The feedback...

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Monsanto – Myths & Facts

Monsanto_Myths_and_Facts_ENMonsanto gets lots of awards: for sustainability, innovation, corporate equality, cultural competence, corporate responsibility, top science employer— even for being a Great Place to Work.

At the same time, the Internet abounds with tales of another Monsanto of allegedly dark past and purpose. Many of these tales have been repeated so often, by so many people, that they have become lore, no matter how wrong they are.

Our new Monsanto Myths & Facts guide provides a set of factual statements about Monsanto as well as responses to the most common myths that you might encounter, especially online, where fact-checking seems to be in particularly short supply. It is for anyone who wants to learn more, and includes lots of links to additional sources of information...

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Where do seeds come from?

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Every day, we eat foods that grew from a seed. But where do the seeds come from? Many people have no idea how seeds are grown, harvested and processed before they end up as food on their plate.

One of Monsanto’s specialties is the breeding, cultivation and production of seeds that help farmers grow more, better and more affordable food with less land, energy, water, waste and worry. In Europe, we process seeds from thousands of local growers at five sites in France, Hungary, Romania and Turkey.

To see what goes on in a Monsanto seed plant, and how it fits in the bigger scheme of food production from plant breeding to final food products, check out our new virtual maize seed plant...

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