Transparency tagged posts

Consumers want transparency and authenticity – and so do we

By Rachel Moore

Earlier this month, the European Food Information Council (EUFIC) held its 20 Years Stakeholders Conference entitled “The future of food and health – how will consumers react?” Representatives from 80 organisations across Europe attended the conference, which featured presentations from Dr. Laura Fernández Celemín, Professor Klaus Grunert, Professor Mike Gibney and John Keogh.

EUFIC is a non-profit organisation committed to providing science-based information on nutrition, health, food safety and quality to consumers. More information can be found at or on their About page.

Dr. Laura Fernández Celemín, the director general of EUFIC, said science communication’s changing media landscape will undoubtedly lead to the movement of information online...

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Our response to today’s Der Spiegel article on glyphosate // Unsere Antwort auf dem heutigen Artikel im Spiegel zum Thema Glyphosat

By Brandon Mitchener

On June 8, 2015, Der Spiegel, a leading German news magazine, published a long article that rehashes many of the anti-pesticide activists’ most frequent questions and allegations concerning glyphosate, a key ingredient in popular weed killers including Monsanto’s Roundup®. Many of the arguments cited in the article have already been the subject of other, individual responses on this blog, and by other organisations.

We were initially delighted that Der Spiegel reached out to us with questions that appeared to represent an exercise in fact-checking before publishing its article...

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The masters of lobbying the EU institutions in Brussels? You might be surprised

Classical Athens has been credited with the establishment of the first democracy. The term “Demokratia” was coined around 500 BC, again,  in Athens. Its etymology is quite simple: “demos” meaning people and “-kratia” deriving from –kratos, which meant power. Europe was built on the notion of democracy-people-power.

However, in contemporary times there is a tendency, at least for some European citizens, to feel removed from the decision making process and also, feel more than a little anxious about the role of business actors in Europe. The accusation that business actors have undue influence over policy-makers is ever-present amongst a few, who also try to convince citizens that they don’t have any say in the legislative process in Brussels...

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Broadening the conversation

where-seeds-come-fromWhen many people think of Monsanto, if they’ve heard of us at all, they think ”GMO.” Globally that’s probably not far from the mark. Genetically modified organisms are an important part of our business, and an important part of farmers’ toolkits worldwide. But GMOs are just one of a broad range of solutions that Monsanto offers farmers to help produce more, better and more affordable food more efficiently.

In Europe, our second biggest business sales region globally, traditional, or non-GM agriculture represents more than 99.5 percent of our business...

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