John Vicini, Ph.D.

Food Safety Scientific Affairs Lead, Monsanto Company

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.

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Posted On: Sunday, 10/06/2013 6:54 pm
A:  Dr. Huber’s assertions have been addressed previously, and I’d refer you to this response ( on GMO Answers, by Marian Bleeke, as well as this blog post (, written by organic farmer Rob Wallbridge. Regarding your question, it is true that glyphosate is a chelator and that it has... Continue Reading
Posted On: Wednesday, 8/07/2013 7:00 pm
A: Food safety is an important part of the assessments that researchers conduct on herbicides. For your first question regarding herbicide residues, you might find it useful to look at a previous response on GMO Answers that addresses that question: Also, actual data on pesticide residues in the U.S. food supply are regularly collected by USDA Agricultural Marketing Service... Continue Reading
Posted On: Monday, 8/05/2013 7:00 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
Posted On: Sunday, 8/04/2013 4:34 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
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


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