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Q: What is the history of the phenomenon of Monsanto being a focal point for opponents of GMOS? Did antiGMO sentiment predate the Monsanto is literally hitler conspiracy theories or did the two develop in tandem?
Posted On: Thursday, 9/25/2014 11:02 am
Answered By: John Vicini, Ph.D., Food Safety Scientific Affairs Lead, Monsanto Company on Tuesday, 11/25/2014 1:12 pm
A: I really like this question and am often asked why Monsanto is a focal point for opponents. An effective way to rally people to a cause is to have a villain. A good story needs a villain, a victim and a hero. The best villain has a face; for instance, Seinfeld popularized that many people are scared of clowns, but American Horror Story personified it with Twisty. Monsanto represents the personified villain, rather than one less defined (i.e., the biotech industry as a whole). So pick the... Continue Reading
Posted On: Tuesday, 4/22/2014 5:11 pm
Answered By: Keith Reding, Ph.D., Biotech Regulatory Policy Lead, Monsanto Company on Tuesday, 11/25/2014 1:11 pm
A: GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, can be made using many different techniques. The broadest definition describes what happens anytime the DNA is “modified,” whether it is by traditional crosses between related organisms, chemical mutagenesis, radiation mutagenesis, genetic engineering or other methods. A helpful comparison of these methods can be found at Kevin Folta’s blog, Illumination. However, when most people ask about GMOs, they are referring to... Continue Reading
Q: What is Monsanto milk? I read an article that its included in Starbucks pumpkin latte. httpfoodbabe.com20140825starbuckspumpkinspicelatte
Posted On: Tuesday, 11/04/2014 3:29 pm
Answered By: Aimee Hood, Regulatory Communications and Information Management Lead, Monsanto Company on Tuesday, 11/25/2014 1:07 pm
A: Starbucks’ pumpkin spice latte is one of my favorite fall drinks. I can’t wait until about mid-August each year, when it shows up in their stores as a seasonal choice. This year, I knew it was in stores because I had read that Vani Hari (aka the Food Babe) was making claims that this coffee treat contains numerous toxins and that Starbucks was hiding the drink’s ingredient list. One of those claims was that the latte was “made with Monsanto milk” —... Continue Reading
Q: Why are companies like Monsanto being banned in many countries and why is this countrys government protecting Monsanto?
Posted On: Wednesday, 6/18/2014 12:28 pm
Answered By: Chelsey Robinson, Global Preparedness Content Manager, Monsanto Company on Tuesday, 11/25/2014 1:06 pm
A: There is quite a bit of confusion regarding Monsanto or GMOs being “banned” outside of the United States. Monsanto is not banned in other countries. We collaborate with other businesses and farmers in locations and facilities in countries around the world. Our locations include various administrative and sales offices, manufacturing plants, seed production facilities, research centers and learning centers, all of which are part of our focus on agriculture and supporting... Continue Reading
Q: Will Monsanto and other GMO companies be put on trial for their cancer causing seeds and chemicals? How many more people need to die of cancer, etc. from GMOs and Factory Farming all just to make extra profit?
Posted On: Friday, 3/21/2014 12:21 pm
Answered By: Chelsey Robinson, Global Preparedness Content Manager, Monsanto Company on Tuesday, 11/25/2014 1:05 pm
A: It sounds to me like you have some serious concerns about the safety of GM seeds and agricultural chemicals. And I can understand that it can be really tough to wade through all of the information available online, and even more difficult to determine what information is credible and what is not. It is certainly true that there is a lot of conflicting information out there, and living in a Google-ready world can certainly make my life easier — but it can also provide information... Continue Reading