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Anti-glyphosate activism masquerading as journalism at Euractiv

by Brandon Mitchener

ChemophobiaWe have unfortunately gotten used to seeing bad and sloppy journalism on topics related to Monsanto, but this week’s Euractiv France story about French opposition to the renewal of glyphosate may have to take the prize for media bias. (Arthur Nelsen’s biased coverage in the Guardian is close behind).

Euractiv’s story starts out factually, noting that the European Commission had once again delayed a vote on the renewal of glyphoate, the active substance in Monsanto’s Roundup and in many other weedkillers used by farmers, gardeners and others for whom weeds are a scourge. From there, all normal journalistic standards of objectivity go straight to the bottom.

Just a few warning signs:

  1. Eleven of the fourteen paragraphs in the story quote environmental activists, Greens o...
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Monsanto outlines next steps in European transformation (EN/FR/ES/RO)

The global agricultural sector faces economic headwinds, many changes in technology and increasing competitive pressures. Globally, we are committed to driving a transformation that delivers significant cost savings and best positions the company for future growth within this challenging business environment.

As a consequence, Monsanto is transforming the company’s operations globally over the next 2-3 years in order to be able to continue to deliver best-in-class agronomic solutions and services to our customers.

This transformation involves several changes, including making major investments in technology, investing in some locations and scaling back our presence in others. Many internal changes have already been proposed. Others are still under discussion.

We have around 3,700 full-ti...

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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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Monsanto ranked one of the best companies to work for in France 2016 (EN/FR)

The Great Place To Work Institute's France Brand Logo.

The Great Place To Work Institute’s France Brand Logo.

On 23rd March 2016 Monsanto has been ranked one of the best places to work for in France for a third consecutive year. The annual Great Place to Work Institute® ranked Monsanto No. 21 out of 180 companies, of which 66 were selected as finalists.

This trust index survey is done by the Great Place to Work Institute, a global research company that provides services to businesses, non-profit organisations and governments in more than 45 countries. The survey is completed by the employees themselves of each company. Employee opinions weigh two-thirds in the scoring; the rest comes from the Institute, which assesses management practices, corporate culture and well-being at work.

“We are delighted to be included again in the ranking that rew...

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#Agridemain campaign rallies French farmers

By Bridget Badiou

Have you ever wondered what a farmer actually does? In the media there has been a fair number of articles about the French agricultural sector demonstrating anger and frustration at the government policies and politics to which they are subject. France is known for its role as a major food and grain producer, but its farmers, it would appear, are less well understood.

A recent survey carried out by the BVA Institute showed that 59 percent of the French population had a good impression of agriculture. The same survey, however, showed that one out of two Frenchmen admitted to not understanding the agricultural sector or its production methods...

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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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EU opt-outs on GM crops contradict history of safe use

By Brandon Mitchener

Under the European Union’s newly updated law on the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) seeds within the Union, individual EU member states have the option to “opt out” of the scope of the authorisation for the cultivation of individual GM “events” (traits) on their national territory, or even just part of it. Since Monsanto and other companies who sell GM seeds globally or intend to sell them are responsible for securing authorisation for the sale of those seeds, we were given the opportunity to object to these requests.

As of the expiration of the start of November, when the deadline for our response to those requests ran out, Monsanto has not opposed any of the requests received...

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Monsanto statement on the judgement in the case of Paul François vs. Monsanto/Affaire Paul François : position de Monsanto suite au jugement en appel du 10 septembre 2015

BRUSSELS/SAINT-PRIEST, France, 10 Sept. 2015  Today’s decision by the Court of Appeal confirms the February 2012 decision of the Civil Court of Lyon.

The Court of Appeal confirmed the February 2012 decision of the Civil Court of Lyon and held Monsanto responsible for the health problems claimed by the plaintiff.

The decision to hold Monsanto responsible for the alleged accidental exposure of Mr. François to a mixture including Lasso runs counter to the legal principle of civil liability in France. This ruling conflicts with the lack of evidence supporting P...

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Monsanto surprised by French Environment Minister’s statement on Roundup // Monsanto réagit à la déclaration de la Ministre de l’Ecologie sur l’encadrement de la vente du glyphosate (EN/FR/DE/IT)


Over the weekend, French Environment Minister Ségolène Royal made comments about the sale of Roundup® lawn and garden products to French consumers that were widely misreported by media in several countries.

Contrary to widespread media coverage, Mrs. Royal did not propose a ban on the sale of Roundup to French consumers. She proposed restricting it to behind-the-counter sales—a system that already exists in several other European countries including Germany. Furthermore, she proposed this in the context of a law that would apply to all pesticides sold in the country, not just Roundup.

Monsanto was surprised by Mrs. Royal’s decision to single out Monsanto’s Roundup®-brand weed killer by name, since it is just one 180 different glyphosate-based weed killers sold to gardene...

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Monsanto France: 600 people delivering innovative, quality products to farmers in France and abroad // Monsanto ancre sa présence en France autour de trois priorités stratégiques

By Brandon Mitchener and Yann Fichet

Ask the average man on the street in France what Monsanto does, and chances are they’ll either not have heard of Monsanto at all, or believe that the only thing we sell is genetically modified (GM) seeds. The reality, Monsanto France told journalists today at its annual press conference, is more mundane–we sell entirely non-controversial, non-GM seeds and crop protection products, along with a popular weed killer–but no less motivating.

Monsanto has been active in France for more than 40 years, and continues to grow in response to steady demand from farmers in France and abroad...

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