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The letter that Lausanne Cité didn’t want you to read

You have to  appreciate the irony of Lausanne Cité, which has the gall to insist that readers’ commentaries on their articles and editorials avoid “messages full of hate, defamation, slander or character assassination.” They continue: “We invite you to maintain, at all times, a tone and proposals that are respectful.” (French original below)

Votre avis nous intéresse. Mais Lausanne Cités refuse toute forme de message haineux, diffamatoire, calomnieux ou attentatoire à l’honneur. Les propos racistes ou xénophobes, les menaces, injures ou autres incitations à la violence seront immédiatement supprimés de notre site. Nous vous invitons donc à toujours garder, en toute circonstance, un ton et des propos respectueux. Lausanne Cités

And yet, the very same Lausanne Cité, that apparen...

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Monsanto Romania helps provide some welcome cheer to the children of the Danube Delta

Monsanto Romania 2The Danube Delta  Biosphere Reserve, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1992, is simply breathtaking. Covering an area in the south-eastern part of Romania with a surface of 5,500 square km and a population of only approximately 15,000 people, the Danube Delta is home to 300 species of birds and 45 types of freshwater fish, along with many other creatures great and small. Its most famous inhabitant of all-  the pelican-  presides over a vast array of lush forests and lakes. It’s therefore not difficult to understand why thousands of visitors flock to the Delta each year to bask in the unspoiled beauty and tranquility of the reserve and to catch a glimpse of the protected wildlife.

For the human inhabitants of the Delta, however, life can be harsh...

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Thanks for reading – The Monsanto Europe-Africa blog is one year old

91_Catalog_Sm_RGBAs the month of May gets into full swing, Europe is a hive of activity celebrating food and agriculture. This buzz is of course led by EXPO Milano 2015, which kicked off its 6-month-long celebration of the food we eat on the 1st of May under the theme of Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.

The aim of the EXPO Milano is to embrace technology, innovation, culture, traditions, creativity and how they relate to food and diet, with a principal focus on the the right to healthy, secure and sufficient food for all the world’s inhabitants. We couldn’t agree more with these aims, and we have long been proud to champion them.

At Monsanto we also have another reason to celebrate. This May marks the first anniversary of this blog.

The initial reason we started this blog was to raise awareness of...

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Europe gives its farmers the cold shoulder as U.S. farmers set records (EN/FR)

Today the European Parliament endorsed a proposal to let European governments restrict or prohibit cultivation of safe GM crops at national or regional level for non-scientific policy reasons. The proposal now goes back to EU national governments for final approval and is expected, if adopted, to enter into force sometime later this year.

EuropaBio, the European Bioindustries Association, of which Monsanto is a member, issued this press release on the topic.

We have already commented on this sad piece of legislation many times, and our position remains the same: This is a bad move for Europe. It undermines science, it undermines European farmers, and it raises prices for European consumers.

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Any future for green biotech in Europe?

Whatever happened to green biotech in Europe? Despite being one of the most vibrant and innovative industries on the planet, with the potential to solve many of our greatest challenges, green, or agricultural, biotech is a never-ending source of angst in Europe and increasingly, in the U.S., where non-governmental organisations and organic interests increasingly are spreading the same sorts of misinformation that undermined public confidence in green biotech in Europe. (Check out Jimmy Kimmel’s fantastic mockumentary on California organic food shoppers’ complete obliviousness to the meaning of GMOs, which they claim to despise.)

It wasn’t always this way...

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Leticia Gonçalves Takes Reins as Monsanto Regional Lead for Europe & Mideast

Leticia GoncalvesMonsanto has a new regional leader: Leticia Gonçalves.

Leticia takes over as President of Monsanto’s European Row Crops business from José Manuel Madero, who was recently appointed to the role of International Business Development Lead to focus on the empowerment of small-holder farmers.

Her appointment, which also sees Leticia join Monsanto’s International Business Leadership Team, comes at an exciting time for the company’s Row Crops business in Europe and the Middle East. The business is focused on sales of high-performance conventional maize and oilseed rape seeds and agricultural productivity products such as Roundup...

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The NGOs that are trying to kill science

When presented with facts that change your argument, most people–to paraphrase the oft-misquoted John Maynard Keynes quote– change their mind.

But not if you’re Greenpeace and the 22 other European-based NGOs who are trying to kill science.  Rather, it appears that their preferred course of action is to stamp out the facts entirely.

In a letter to incoming EU Commission President Jean Claude Juncker, Greenpeace and 8 other NGOs, called for the role of EU Chief Scientific Advisor to be scrapped in the next commission. Undeterred by a sharp reaction from the scientific community,  Friends of the Earth and other NGOs have now added their names to the call.

This is a significant move that goes to the very heart of the role of science in the EU.

The role of Chief Scientific Advisor was est...

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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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Is organic food better for you?

The past week’s headlines in The Guardian, Huffington Post and other left-of-centre news sites were triumphant: “Clear differences between organic and non-organic food.” “Organic food has more antioxidants.” “Significant difference between organic and conventional food.” “Organic food better for your health.” And so on. It was the study that the organic crowd was just waiting for–particularly given that most previous studies, including one funded by the UK government and another by Stanford University, had found no significant difference between organic food and conventional food other than price and no health benefits at all. Finally, a study that proves them right!

Except that it doesn’t.

Mini pepper from Monsanto vegetable seedsThe study — actually a scientific review of previously published research on organic food — was fun...

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Talking Nonsense at Sum of Us

MONS09_1729By Mark Buckingham, Monsanto Public Affairs

Agriculture is a practical business.

Farmers plant seeds in the soil and with skill, knowledge and the right tools, plus a favourable climate, bring in a harvest. That harvest yield is measured and tells the farmer if it has been a good season. There is no hiding the result or pretending crops performed differently to how they actually did.

Farming’s tradition of practicality and facts can make it hard to deal with the free-wheeling world of spin and politics that sometimes surrounds public discussion of GM crops.   The latest example of such spin comes from the online campaign machine “Sum of Us”.

Sum of Us launched a petition calling for people to oppose Monsanto’s Roundup Ready maize, which the group claims could be growing in Europe ...

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