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Posted On: Friday, 8/09/2013 2:54 am
Answered By: Cathleen Enright, Executive Director of the Council for Biotechnology Information on Wednesday, 8/21/2013 3:06 pm
A: Actually, there is no scientific definition of organic food. The National Organic Program (NOP) is a marketing program that certifies that the crop has been produced using a specific set of legally defined methods and products approved by that program. There are standards that must be followed in organic production. These standards allow for the use of program-approved herbicides and pesticides, required certain agricultural practices be followed and require completion... Continue Reading
Posted On: Saturday, 8/17/2013 11:11 pm
Answered By: Kevin Folta, Professor and Chairman, Horticultural Sciences Department, University of Florida on Wednesday, 8/21/2013 12:27 pm
A: I would not call myself "pro-GMO". I'm pro-science. Pro-evidence. Like all scientists, I draw conclusions from the peer-reviewed literature, an understanding of plant molecular mechanisms, and a knowledge of biology. At this point that leads me to the conclusion that GM is excellent technology that has strengths and limitations, just like anything else. The information presented here on GMO Answers is evidence-based, coming from well-constructed... Continue Reading
Q: Tell me the truth, Is this true?....Monsanto executives have been given policy-making positions in Bush, Clinton and Obama administrations.
Posted On: Tuesday, 8/06/2013 12:37 pm
Answered By: Stephanie Regagnon, Director, Sustainable Ag Portfolio Strategy, Monsanto Company on Wednesday, 8/14/2013 3:31 pm
A: The government has occasionally hired people who formerly worked at Monsanto, just as they’ve hired people from many other companies in our industry. The government also looks to NGOs (non-governmental organizations) to hire people for positions in public service. Some critics say this shows a complicated conspiracy by former employers and the government. In my experience working for NGOs and corporate entities, I find these theories often disregard that these are... Continue Reading
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 on 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: OK, here is a real question: What percentage of American farmland is actually owned by Monsanto, as opposed to land owned by Monsanto customers, also as opposed to farmers who want to have nothing to do with Monsanto?
Posted On: Monday, 7/29/2013 11:26 pm
Answered By: Gerry Dill, Ph.D., North America Corn Breeding Testing and Operations Lead, Monsanto Company on Tuesday, 8/06/2013 5:08 pm
A: Monsanto owns very little U.S. farmland—fewer than 15,000 acres—and we estimate that we lease about 30,000 more. According to the USDA, there are approximately 922 million acres of farmland in the United States (crop-land and pasture-land combined). Using those figures, we’d estimate that we own and lease approximately 0.005 percent of all U.S. farmland, or approximately 0.01 percent of all U.S. cropland. Here’s a little bit of additional information about our operations... Continue Reading