Having spent many years at Monsanto, Tom Helscher is knowledgeable about Monsanto's current businesses as well as the company's legacy and responsibilities. Helcher's focus is addressing the questions people have about Monsanto technologies, products and business practices.
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Q: What is to stop monsanto if one day they say "hey we're not selling any products to the public"? The vast majority of foods would then be held ransom basically. Similar to microsoft of the 1990's having a monopoly on operating...
Posted On: Wednesday, 9/11/2013 1:43 pm
Answered By: Tom Helscher, Director, Corporate Affairs, Monsanto, Wednesday, 9/11/2013 1:44 pm
A: Monsanto¹s core business is selling seeds to farmer customers. Farmers have many choices for their purchases and we have to work hard to earn their business. Consider the U.S. market for corn and soybean seed. While there is variability in the specific market share data in any given year, if you look at the trend of the corn seed Monsanto sells, our brands would be roughly one-third of the market. Among corn seed suppliers, there is one other company with a similar or larger... Continue Reading
Posted On: Tuesday, 8/20/2013 7:30 pm
Answered By: Tom Helscher, Director, Corporate Affairs, Monsanto, Thursday, 8/29/2013 7:49 pm
A: We have never hired (or owned) Blackwater or any part of Blackwater. Please see my answer to another related question about Blackwater. If you still have additional questions after reading that response, please ask. Thanks, http://gmoanswers.com/ask/why-did-monsanto-need-purchase-blackwater-industries-and-or-any-their-affiliates-if-they-are
Q: SumOfUs.org is reporting that “when grassroots activists dared to challenge the global biotech giant Monsanto, it hired the world’s largest private army, Blackwater, to infiltrate and monitor their groups.” Is this true? I’d like to hear Monsant
Posted On: Sunday, 8/11/2013 4:08 pm
Answered By: Tom Helscher, Director, Corporate Affairs, Monsanto, Friday, 8/16/2013 1:06 pm
A: We have never hired Blackwater or their affiliates, nor do we own or hire them under any other name – please see my answer to a question about Blackwater here.
Q: In an answer, the comment " the former Monsanto Company" was used. Isn't it true that Monsanto has earned such a negative image over the years that comments such as that are nothing more than an attempt to remake their image. If...
Posted On: Saturday, 8/10/2013 5:12 pm
Answered By: Tom Helscher, Director, Corporate Affairs, Monsanto, Monday, 11/04/2013 4:59 pm
A: The Monsanto name has a long history in business, dating back to 1901. In the late 1990s, Solutia Inc. became an independent publicly held company comprised of the chemical businesses of the former Monsanto Company. In 2012, Solutia Inc. was acquired by Eastman Chemical Company. In 2002, following a period of mergers and reorganizations, Monsanto became an independent, publicly held agricultural company. The “former Monsanto” that dates back to 1901 doesn’t exist anymore.... Continue Reading
Q: Why did Monsanto need to purchase Blackwater Industries (and or any of their affiliates)? If they are supposed to be a company with a product that is aboveboard and legitimate, why are they working with a group that is clearly used as mercenaries...
Posted On: Thursday, 8/08/2013 1:26 pm
Answered By: Tom Helscher, Director, Corporate Affairs, Monsanto, Friday, 8/16/2013 1:04 pm
A: We have never owned Blackwater or any part of Blackwater. Nor do we hire them or their affiliates, nor do we own or hire them under any other name (like Xe or Academi). But here’s how I think the idea that we do got started. Like a lot of companies, we try to stay aware of threats to our employees or our business by keeping an eye on publicly available information such as websites and news reports. Sometimes we’ve hired outside companies to help us with this. Between 2008 and 2010, we... Continue Reading
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