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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, Senior Manager, Corporate Affairs, 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 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
Q: Regardless as to whether or not you believe GMOs are good or bad-- what is the harm in labeling them so that consumers can make their own decisions? It is the number one thing you mention on the first welcome page of your website..that you "...
Posted On: Wednesday, 7/31/2013 10:05 am
Answered By: Cathleen Enright, Executive Director of the Council for Biotechnology Information on Monday, 8/05/2013 9:38 pm
A: We absolutely do support the right of consumers to choose food that is healthy and nutritious. And although we do not sell food products directly to consumers, we support food companies’ decisions to voluntarily label food products for the presence or absence of GMOs, based on their customers’ choices. This type of marketing claim is often used to promote one type of product over another and is unrelated to health or safety. Some companies have opted to voluntarily label food as “USDA... Continue Reading
Q: Why turn to this website? Asking questions here is the same as asking oil companies if fracking is bad. Not that I am for or against fracking but there is no integrity and objectivity in the Oil industry answering the question. You have decided...
Posted On: Monday, 7/29/2013 2:59 am
Answered By: Cathleen Enright, Executive Director of the Council for Biotechnology Information on Wednesday, 7/31/2013 3:14 pm
A: We don’t want to waste anyone’s time. For those who are interested, we developed this site to enable visitors to find out more about GMOs and―a key difference with this initiative―to facilitate the opportunity to ask their questions of well-respected experts―nutritionists, health providers, scientists and conventional and organic farmers who are freely sharing their knowledge and experience. Other than for space and ease of understanding, the answers will not be edited by us. If there are such... Continue Reading
Q: Is this website part of a PSYOPs type initiative designed to distract visitors from the truth?If you are unsure what PSYOPs is, check out the definition here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychological_Operations_(United_States)
Posted On: Wednesday, 7/31/2013 7:36 am
Answered By: Community Manager, Moderator for GMOAnswers.com on Wednesday, 7/31/2013 10:54 am
A: The purpose of this community is to create a place to answer your questions about GMOs and biotechnology. Our goal is to make information about biotechnology in food and agriculture easier for you to access and evaluate. We aim to be productive, straightforward, fact-based and non-confrontational. We know that GMOs are a complicated topic; that’s why we are here. GMO Answers was created to do a better job of answering your questions—no matter what they are—about GMOs.