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Glyphosate: Monsanto statement on European Commission extension (EN/DE/FR/NL/ES/IT/RO)

In response to today’s action by the European Commission to only temporarily extend the authorisation of glyphosate for 18 months, Dr. Philip W. Miller, Monsanto’s vice president of global regulatory and governmental affairs, released the following statement:

Today’s decision by the European Commission to temporarily extend glyphosate’s authorisation by 18 months ensures that European farmers, municipalities, gardeners and other users will continue to have access to the herbicide glyphosate while a longer-term solution to the product’s reauthorisation is found.

 European farmers, municipalities, gardeners and other users have depended on glyphosate for 40 years as a safe, efficient and cost-effective tool for weed control...

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Fighting the hydra of science myths: an interview with Kavin Senapathy

We interviewed Kavin Senapthy on food myths and counter movements, food education and how consumers both in Europe and beyond can be better informed about where their food comes from and how it is produced.

Kavin Senapathy

Who is Kavin Senapathy?

Kavin Senapathy is a science communicator tackling myths on science, health and food. She is the co-Executive Director of international pro-science, pro-biotech organization March Against Myths, and co-author of “The Fear Babe: Shattering Vani Hari’s Glass House,” a book discussing popular food misconceptions and why they proliferate in the face of mountains of evidence against them...

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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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IARC and glyphosate: What we know (EN/DE/FR/NL/IT/ES)

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In March 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which assesses hazards potentially associated with cancer, concluded that glyphosate, an active ingredient in many popular herbicides such as Roundup®, is a “probable carcinogen.” This “2A” category also includes health risks from professions such as hairdressers and fry cooks and shift workers.

The 2A classification doesn’t prove that glyphosate causes cancer, and IARC’s conclusion conflicts with the overwhelming consensus of regulatory bodies and science organisations around the world tha...

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“Son of Séralini” – Monsanto’s response to his latest PR stunt

By Brandon Mitchener

Three years ago, Prof. Gilles-Eric Séralini shocked the world with a PR campaign alleging that feeding lab rats genetically modified (GM) maize and water laced with herbicide lead to the development of terrible tumors. His research was later retracted by the same scientific journal that had published, only to be republished a year later in a lesser journal. We have reacted to that saga elsewhere.

Now, just like the line from The Shining, and using the same scare tactics, “He’s back!”

Today in Paris, Mr. Séralini is telling people that all tests done on lab rats for the past decade or more–including his own–were invalid because of alleged “contamination” by GM ingredients and pesticides...

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Monsanto publishes 2014 Sustainability Report

Monsanto today released its latest Sustainability Report, a 168-page report prepared in accordance with Global Reporting Initiative guidelines.

Since announcing its first sustainability commitment framework in 2008, the company has advanced its three sustainability principles: (1) improving the lives of farmers, workers and communities, (2) producing enough food to make a balanced meal accessible to all, and (3) conserving Earth’s resources and preserving the natural environment.

“When it comes to growing food, members of the food value chain have a tremendous responsibility and opportunity to advance sustainable agriculture,” said Jesus Madrazo, Monsanto’s Vice President of Corporate Engagement...

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Will Roundup® still be available in Dutch shops after 2015? (EN/NL)

By Brandon Mitchener

We have already blogged about this once before, but feel the need, given the proliferation of incorrect and misleading media reports in the Netherlands and other countries, to do it again.

No, neither Roundup® nor glyphosate, the main active ingredient in Roundup, is banned in the Netherlands,, and there is no agreed, published plan to prohibit these popular weed killers in the Netherlands.

First, and for the record, Monsanto is just one of many producers of glyphosate-based weed killers, which are popular with home gardeners as well as municipalities, stores and others who use it to control weeds on driveways, pavements and sidewalks, among other places...

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What the IARC 2A Rating for Glyphosate Really Means / Qu’est-ce que signifie la classification 2A du glyphosate réalisée par le CIRC ? / Lo que significa realmente la clasificación 2A de la IARC para el glifosato

By Donna Farmer,
Product Protection & Nutrition Lead

As a toxicologist who has dedicated the better part of my 30-year career to product safety, it feels important to explain what the recent IARC review means – and doesn’t mean.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) convened a meeting March 3-10, 2015 to evaluate the potential carcinogenic risks to humans from several pesticides, including glyphosate. Glyphosate is an active ingredient in many popular herbicides, including Monsanto’s Roundup® brand herbicides.

IARC concluded that glyphosate belongs in a 2A category as probably carcinogenic to humans, a category that includes professions such as barbers and fry cooks...

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On World Water Day, thinking about ways to conserve and protect it

Today is International World Water Day.   Initiated by the United Nations in 1993, it was established as a means of focusing the world’s attention- if for only one day- on the global importance of fresh water.  It’s been held every year since, every 22nd March. This year, the theme is Water and Sustainable Development – two issues that we at Monsanto are very passionate about.

A few facts about water:

-          According to the UN, today, 748 million people lack access to safe drinking water and 2.5 billion do not have access to adequate sanitation.

-          Between the years 2000 and 2050, the UN estimates that global demand for water for industrial production will have grown by 400%.

-          To produce a calorie of food requires a litre of water

World Water Day Collage 2015At...

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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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