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Bayer and Monsanto to Create a Global Leader in Agriculture

(Republished from the Monsanto corporate website:

  • Realizes a shared vision of integrated agricultural offerings, delivering enhanced solutions for growers and creates a leading innovation engine for the next generation of farming
  • USD 128 per share in all-cash transaction, represents 44 percent premium to Monsanto shareholders and an aggregate value of USD 66 billion
  • Significant value creation with expected annual synergies of approximately USD 1.5 billion after year three; plus additional synergies from integrated solutions in future years
  • Bayer shareholders expected to benefit from accretion to core EPS in the first full year after closing and double-digit percentage accretion in the third full year
  • Committed to retaining strong pres...
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Monsanto launches #RootedInScience campaign

Darwin_misrepresentationEvery day in Europe seems to bring a new attack by non-governmental organisations, Greens and others on everything from plant breeding techniques to pesticides (think: glyphosate) to genetically modified seeds and ingredients. Yesterday, European governments failed to reach an agreement on the renewal of glyphosate, the main ingredient in the world’s most widely used herbicide, as the result of an epic onslaught of NGO spin and fearmongering ominously echoed by some misinformed European politicians. Tomorrow marks the annual March against Monsanto, in which angry mobs–especially in France–plan to demonstrate against Monsanto for presumed grievances, most based on conspiracy theories.

Given this context, it’s probably timely that Monsanto is launching a social media campaign celebrating the...

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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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You ask, we answer: Can you keep vegetable seeds?

We get lots of questions from individul citizens via our corporate websites. We can’t answer all the questions we get, but we try to answer as many as we can. Very often, different people ask the same sorts of questions, so we’ve decided to start publishing that kind of correspondence for the benefit of everyone, just like we do with some of our correspondence with journalists. Here’s a first exchange, with Maria from Sweden, about patents on vegetable seeds. The letter has been edited for spelling and grammar and to protect the author’s privacy.

Name – Maria

Country – Sweden

Message – Hello. My name is Maria and I live in Sweden. There is a huge debate right now about patents on common vegetables...

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Monsanto Fights Climate Change With Carbon Neutral Target by 2021 (EN/IT/NL/ES/FR/DE)

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Infographic Monsanto's step-by-step guide to growing carbon neutral crops globally by 2021 to reduce climate change.

Infographic: Monsanto’s step-by-step guide to growing carbon neutral crops globally by 2021 to reduce climate change. Click to view full-size.

The Company States Crops Can Be Grown to Mitigate Climate Change; Commits to Carbon Neutral Footprint across its Operations by 2021.

(1st December 2015) – As agriculture and farmers around the world work to mitigate and adapt to the complex challenges posed by climate change, Monsanto Company today announced plans to make its operations carbon neutral by 2021 through a unique program targeted across its seed and crop protec...

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World Population Day: How Do We Feed A Growing Population?

By Brandie Piper

Monsanto Corporate Engagement team

In 1989, the United Nations established World Population Day, on 11 July, to bring awareness to issues that arise with the rapidly growing population. Since then, the world’s population has grown from 5.1 billion people to more than 7.2 billion people today. And by 2050, the world’s population is projected to rise to 9.6 billion people. Sustainably growing enough food for a growing world will be one of the greatest challenges facing humankind, and it’s one challenge that Monsanto is partnering with others to help solve.

The United Nations’ Department of Economic and Social Affairs reports half of the world’s population growth between now and 2050 will occur in Africa...

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A response to Russia Today’s report on Bt cotton in India

By Arun Gopalakrishnan

A recent report by Russia Today titled, “GMO that kills: GM-cotton problems drive Indian farmers to suicide” has been making the rounds in various social media platforms. While it aims to showcase nothing less than complete devastation in India’s cotton fields, the reality is completely different.

If ever there was a ready example of how technology directly translates into improved standards of living for farmers, it would be India’s success story in cotton. Since the introduction of hybrid Bt cotton seeds in 2002 and farmers choosing to plant them widely since, farmers have turned India into the world’s largest producer of cotton...

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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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South Africa’s Advertising Standards Authority dismisses complaints against Monsanto radio ads

About a year ago, the Internet was lit up by activists’ jubilation at the fact that South Africa’s Advertising Standards Authority—acting on a complaint—had ordered Monsanto to “withdraw” local radio advertisements claiming benefits from genetically modified (GM) crops.

The radio advertisement had read as follows: “Biotechnology and GM crops enable us to produce more food sustainably whilst using fewer resources; provide a healthier environment by saving on pesticides; decrease greenhouse gas emissions and increase crop yields substantially.”

Natural News, in hyperbole typical of a site funded by “natural” food interests, proclaimed “Monsanto ordered to stop making false advertising claims.” Others called our claims “deceptive” or at least “unsubstantiated.”

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Monsanto reacts to Zembla’s “GEN-tech lobby” (EN/NL)

Monsanto appreciates the media in their important role of informing the public and stakeholders on food and agricultural issues. We all need good food. And thus, food is a subject that has a broad general interest.

By repeating misinformation, Zembla Internationaal’s rebroadcast of the French program ‘De GEN-tech lobby’ via NPO2 tonight denies the Dutch public the balanced view they deserve on the issues it raises.

As one of the world’s leading producers of vegetable seeds, we believe in an open and balanced dialogue on complex issues such as genetic modification, intellectual property and the use of pesticides...

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