I am a pediatrician and clinical toxicologist. In my fifteen-plus years at Monsanto, my focus has been on assuring the safety of all of our products – GM and conventional seed, as well as chemical – for our workers, for farmers and for the general public.
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Posted On: Monday, 3/31/2014 8:17 am
Answered By: Dan Goldstein, Senior Science Fellow and Lead, Medical Sciences and Outreach, Monsanto, Thursday, 5/15/2014 5:45 pm
A: I answered a similar question about the claim that Sri Lanka banned glyphosate in this response.
Q: Is it true that Sri Lanka has become the first country to ban Monsantos RoundUp Ready chemical, glyphosate, in light of recent studies linking it to chronic kidney failure? This is being reported on the net.
Posted On: Sunday, 3/30/2014 6:34 pm
Answered By: Dan Goldstein, Senior Science Fellow and Lead, Medical Sciences and Outreach, Monsanto, Thursday, 5/15/2014 5:42 pm
A: No ban has been put in place. On May 13, 2014, the ministry of agriculture announced that efforts to ban glyphosate had been suspended, citing a lack of evidence. (While the attached article states the ban was “lifted,” we do not believe it was ever officially in place.) Please note: we will not attempt to predict an outcome of the political process in Sri Lanka, nor can we predict when the matter will have final resolution. However, glyphosate products have a long history of safe use in... Continue Reading
Q: You insist that there is no scientific evidence that glyphosate poses a potential hazard to an unborn child. Could you please explain why there are several studies that indicate that this is not true?
Posted On: Wednesday, 1/08/2014 4:37 am
Answered By: Dan Goldstein, Senior Science Fellow and Lead, Medical Sciences and Outreach, Monsanto, Friday, 3/14/2014 2:49 pm
A: Typically, scientists who focus on reproductive and developmental safety look at two different sources of information: animal studies and epidemiologic investigations. In regard to animal data, glyphosate is relatively unique in having multiple independent companies perform reproductive and developmental toxicology studies in rodents and rabbits. These studies show no reproducible reproductive or developmental effects. Most recently, in 2012, a group of toxicologists conducted a detailed... Continue Reading
Q: How do you respond to the recent Entropy publication blaming glyphosate as disrupting our biochemical pathways and potentially being responsible for most of the primary diseases of Americans for being on the rise in the last 5 years? I am providing...
Posted On: Tuesday, 9/10/2013 10:45 pm
Answered By: Dan Goldstein, Senior Science Fellow and Lead, Medical Sciences and Outreach, Monsanto, Wednesday, 10/16/2013 12:30 pm
A: This publication claims that there is a causal connection between glyphosate and numerous diseases, including autism, Alzheimer’s, obesity, anorexia nervosa, liver disease, reproductive and developmental disorders, and cancer. In actuality, the manuscript offers no new data. Instead it presents multiple hypotheses, none of which are tested, and in order for the story to be true, every one of the hypotheses must be true. It is an attempt to make correlations between glyphosate... Continue Reading
Q: Please explain why 6 years after GMO food were introduced into the American food supply, the number of food related hospitalizations increased 265%???? That's a big number. Source: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=664900146854300&...
Posted On: Friday, 9/06/2013 10:53 pm
Answered By: Dan Goldstein, Senior Science Fellow and Lead, Medical Sciences and Outreach, Monsanto, Monday, 10/21/2013 2:40 pm
A: It is important to recognize that the major food allergens, accounting for 90% of food allergy, are predominantly foods that are not genetically modified. The major food allergens are milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soy, and wheat, of which only soy is GM at this time (ibid.). The majority of food allergies and the vast majority of food allergies which tend to be most persistent after childhood (peanut, tree nut, seafood) involve NON-GM foods. To date, no... Continue Reading
No Studies were Found.