My connection to agriculture is through my father who grew up on a dairy farm in southern Wisconsin. While I’ve lived in St. Louis since I was young, I’ve been fortunate to spend the majority of my career helping U.S. farmers and agricultural researchers communicate about agriculture and new technologies in farming.
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Q: Did the CEO of Monsanto, Mr. Hugh Grant really make the statement " No food shall be grown that we do not own" ?
Posted On: Tuesday, 7/30/2013 5:55 pm
Answered By: Kelly Clauss, Corporate Preparedness and Engagement Lead, Monsanto Company, Sunday, 8/11/2013 2:44 am
A: No. The quoted statement is an urban myth that has been recycled on the web for a number of years. It is an improper characterization of our values, our business and our employees―including our CEO. To learn more about Hugh’s actual views, please visit our website to read a recent letter from Hugh that accompanied our 2012 Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Report.
Q: I have read that Monsanto has sued farmers whose fields have exhibited evidence of having Monsanto seeds mixed in with an otherwise non-GMO crop, and this has occurred due to the natural tendency of plants to cross pollinate, leaving the farmers no...
Posted On: Monday, 7/29/2013 10:16 pm
Answered By: Kelly Clauss, Corporate Preparedness and Engagement Lead, Monsanto Company, Wednesday, 9/25/2013 2:26 pm
A: Monsanto has never sued a farmer when trace amounts of our patented seeds or traits were present in the farmer's field as an accident or as a result of inadvertent means, such as cross-pollination. It is truly that simple, and we have publicly made that commitment. Please see additional information that I provided on a similar question: Why has Monsanto sued farmers who, by no fault of volition of their own, had their crops contaminated by GMO pollen blown into their... Continue Reading
Q: I have learned that Monsanto employees do not allow GMO food to be served in their own cafeteria. Is that true? If so, why? Can you provide proof of your answers?
Posted On: Monday, 7/29/2013 10:10 pm
Answered By: Kelly Clauss, Corporate Preparedness and Engagement Lead, Monsanto Company, Thursday, 9/12/2013 5:16 pm
A: It's not true. In fact, in August 2013, our cafeteria specifically featured special menu items that include GM sweet corn and held a farmers' market to directly offer employees an opportunity to purchase GM sweet corn. More information (including photos and video) is available on Monsanto’s blog. I’d also suggest you read our responses to similar questions on GMO Answers: If GMOs are so great, why does Monsanto serve organic produce in it's cafeteria?If GMO is so safe... Continue Reading
Posted On: Monday, 7/29/2013 3:08 pm
Answered By: Kelly Clauss, Corporate Preparedness and Engagement Lead, Monsanto Company, Thursday, 8/01/2013 5:46 pm
A: Great question. There is a belief that Monsanto won’t serve GM foods—or that we serve only organic food—in our cafeterias. It’s a myth that started back in 1999 and continues today. In reality, all types of foods can be found in our cafeterias. These are the same foods that we purchase at grocery stores for our families, and the same foods that everyone else eats. Sometimes we have special menu items that feature our products. For example, in summer 2012 we held a special event for employees... Continue Reading
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