I am an Animal Nutritionist, and I’ve spent more than 30 years focused on research to improve the efficiency of agriculture. At Monsanto, I communicate regularly with all audiences, including university scientists, regulatory scientists and consumers, about food safety topics.
John Vicini, Ph.D.
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Q: I'm trying to avoid conflicts of interest so I was just wondering if all the scientists who test the long terms safety issues of gmos work for Monsanto?
Posted On: Monday, 8/05/2013 7:00 pm
Answered By: John Vicini, Ph.D., Food Safety Scientific Affairs Lead, Monsanto, Friday, 8/30/2013 6:02 pm
A: No. Many studies are performed by independent scientists. In fact, a 2012 literature review by Snell et al provides a good summary of feeding studies with diets containing large amounts of GMO-derived ingredients (Snell C, Bernheim A, Bergé JB, Kuntz M, Pascal G, Paris A, Ricroch AE. 2012. Assessment of the health impact of GM plant diets in long-term and multigenerational animal feeding trials: a literature review. Food Chem Toxicol. 50:1134-48). This paper also... Continue Reading
Q: Can't research be manipulated to show any result? Or does it depend on who is doing the research (Monsanto with all of its financial resources, or anti-GMO activists)?
Posted On: Sunday, 8/04/2013 4:34 pm
Answered By: John Vicini, Ph.D., Food Safety Scientific Affairs Lead, Monsanto, Wednesday, 11/13/2013 6:18 pm
A: It is not surprising that you are skeptical of some scientific results as there have been some high profile examples of fraudulent research in the recent past. One particular example that has caused much public debate was a study published in The Lancet that linked the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccination with autism. After the study was published, major flaws were found in the study as was a conflict of interest with the study researcher. The journal retracted the... Continue Reading
Posted On: Friday, 8/02/2013 12:05 pm
Answered By: John Vicini, Ph.D., Food Safety Scientific Affairs Lead, Monsanto, Wednesday, 9/25/2013 2:30 pm
A: It might surprise you to know that the majority of funding for research at universities is from the federal government. However, Monsanto does fund research with universities all across the United States. Not surprisingly, projects are funded at the universities with the talent that enables progress in the areas that support our projects. For instance, if we want to study weed management, we go to universities or scientists that are highly experienced in weed management.... Continue Reading
Q: Would Monsanto be opposed to a completely independent company researching the long term safety of their products?
Posted On: Tuesday, 7/30/2013 2:17 pm
Answered By: John Vicini, Ph.D., Food Safety Scientific Affairs Lead, Monsanto, Tuesday, 8/06/2013 3:49 pm
A: Independent university researchers are always doing research on our products and evaluating published studies by publishing review articles. From 2001-2010, more than 50 studies were conducted in Europe alone funded by the European Commission (at a cost of >200million EUROs) and performed by more than 400 research groups. These studies are summarized in A Decade of EU-Funded GMO Research. Additionally, there are hundreds of independent studies that can be found at the... Continue Reading
Q: Where are the results from the studies that have proven that GMOs are safe? When can we see them and have them evaluated by our own scientists? From what I understand, Monsanto is responsible for testing them and for having their studies verified...
Posted On: Monday, 7/29/2013 8:16 pm
Answered By: John Vicini, Ph.D., Food Safety Scientific Affairs Lead, Monsanto, Sunday, 8/04/2013 3:31 pm
A: There are hundreds of independent and industry studies that have been performed on GMOs and have confirmed their safety that are publicly available. We have been active in publishing study results and we encourage our employees to do so. These studies have been published in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters, as well as presented in scientific forums as individual papers or as the entire symposia. The topics of these studies include agronomic performance, crop... Continue Reading
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