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Monsanto Is Recruiting for New Talent in Amsterdam

Are you interested in a job at an innovative, science-driven company committed to sustainable intensification of agriculture and making a balanced meal more accessible to everyone? If so, you might be interested in joining Monsanto’s new European operational centre in the Netherlands.

DSC03655As part of a two-year business transformation announced last year, Monsanto is restructuring its European operations, streamlining some sites and activities and investing in others. The creation of a new operational centre in Amsterdam is one of the biggest changes. We already employ 800 people in the Netherlands–primarily in our thriving vegetable seeds business–and are expanding a vegetable seed logistics hub in Enkhuizen.

Our Amsterdam-based team is actively recruiting for new talent in Digital Analytic...

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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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Regulatory decisions must be made consistently, predictably and be based on the best available science

In response to further delay of a vote by European Union (EU) Member States on the renewal of glyphosate, Philip Miller, Ph.D., Monsanto’s vice president of global regulatory and governmental affairs, today issued the following statement:

The European Union’s risk assessment on glyphosate has been one of the most thorough evaluations of an agricultural product ever conducted.  The risk assessment conducted by the rapporteur member state, Germany, and reviewed by the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) included more than 90,000 pages of data and 353 studies not previously reviewed by the EU.  The assessment considered the best available science and found no evidence of unreasonable risk...

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Monsanto’s Ongoing Concerns About IARC’s Glyphosate Claims

By Scott Partridge, Monsanto Vice President Global Strategy

At Monsanto, I work with many teams that research and develop products to help farmers, and ultimately, consumers, every day. These teams rely on the science to guide their decision-making, and they adhere to the rigorous regulatory processes established by governments around the world to bring our products to market. Recently, glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup agricultural herbicides, has been under attack by a French-based group called the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Its activities have raised a lot of questions, which we intend to explore further.

A 40-Year History of Safe Use

Glyphosate has been called the most important herbicide developed in the post- World War II era...

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Three things to know about glyphosate and the European Commission Standing Committee (EN/FR/DE)

As expected, the European Commission’s Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food & Feed held an initial exchange of views on the proposed glyphosate renewal this week.  Prior to this discussion, the European Food Safety Authority published its science-based conclusion on glyphosate, reaffirming its 40-year history of safe use as the active ingredient in herbicides popular with farmers and gardeners.  After this initial exchange of views, we expect that the Commission will schedule a vote on glyphosate in the coming weeks.  Here are three things to know about this process:

  1. This was the first time glyphosate was on the agenda for an exchange of views and possible vote...
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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 response to activist video published by The Guardian

The Guardian has published Monsanto’s response to an activist video rife with misinformation that was presented as news. Our response follows a fruitless exchange with The Guardian’s Readers Editor, who refused to remove the video from the Guardian’s website despite its being a piece of blatant propaganda. It’s a shame that the Guardian couldn’t even introduce our response without mistakes, misidentifying the author of the Monsanto letter, Daniel Kruithoff, as “Managing editor of Monsanto Australia & New Zealand.” Actually, he’s the head of our business in those two countries. Monsanto is not yet a publishing organisation. But sadly facts and accuracy don’t always seem to be top priority for the Guardian these days.

Here is what we said:

Last week the Guardian published a video called “...

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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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Today, the European Commission proposed to let individual European Union governments opt out of trade in imports of genetically modified (GM) grain for use in food and animal feed.

A coalition of EU food and feed chain partners has rejected this proposal, which it says will impede trade, destroy jobs in Europe and generally wreak havoc in Europe and its trading partners.

Speaking on behalf of EU Food and Feed Chain partners, Pekka Pesonen, Copa-Cogeca Secretary General, warned the European Commission about the adverse economic and social impact of this proposal which was released today. “It will seriously threaten the Internal Market for food and feed products, causing substantial job losses and lower investment in the agri-food chain in ‘opt-out’ countries...

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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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