GMOsux's picture
If GMOs are so great, why does Monsanto serve organic produce in it's cafeteria?

A:Expert Answer

In the video below Monsanto Global Preparedness Content Manager, Chelsey Robinson, also addresses this common GMO myth:


A:Expert Answer

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 to taste our GM sweet corn from a customer’s farm.

If you want to learn more about the “cafeteria myth,” please visit this article on our blog from 2012: “What’s served in Monsanto?"


gmosrock's picture

I have read the blog entry suggested in the answer:

The first sentence is, "A caterer in the United Kingdom tells the Independent newspaper that it doesn’t use GM food, which would have been difficult in the U.K. in 1999 since there wasn’t any to exclude, but that’s another story."

Are you saying that there was no GM food in the UK in 1999? How and why is this the case?

Was it because in 1998 Dr Arpad Pusztai (Rowett Research Institute in Aberdeen) published research suggesting that GM potatoes, modified with an insecticide gene taken from the snowdrop, were toxic to rats in feeding trials?

Or did it have to do with the controversy over the role of Labour donor Lord Sainsbury, who was appointed Science Minister by Tony Blair in 1998?

I am confused by the statement in the blog entry that was quoted.

DoYourResearch's picture

Thanks for the response. Are your employees made aware which foods are or are not GM in your cafeterias? Would you allow independent journalists access to your cafeterias randomly to confirm or deny this statement and to ask your employees related questions?

Maria Alicia Sloan's picture

Because their employees' health is important to them; also to their bottom line. The consumer? Not so much. Just dollar signs.

achood4mu's picture

@maria alicia stone: It doesn't appear as if you read the answer. Monsanto has a food service company that brings in food each day . The food is liklely chosen based on price and quality.

FoodFreedomRadio's picture

I think people feel better when they do not eat GMO. "Dna" is full of mystery and wonder. Humans once thought using mercury to harvest gold was an good idea.

Kelly Clauss's picture

@Do Your Research: I haven't noticed items in our cafeteria being designated as GM or non-GM -- with the exception of a small packet of Wasabi that was labeled non-GMO and the occassional special menu featuring one of our products like sweet corn (GM). This is truly an urban myth. If there was a journalist who found this newsworthy though, we could certainly arrange a visit.

kbellaorganic's picture

Is there animal DNA in GM foods? If so which ones? Please answer, I'm a vegetarian, and when I heard this I nearly got sick from the thought. Please answer. Thank you.

Community Manager's picture

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Shameonyourpropaganda's picture

Monsanto's leaders should be in jail for their crimes against nature and populations.

NeedsTheTruth's picture

lol u think they care about their employees. hahahaha. you are funny. you can just hire more. hahahahahaha

Kelly Clauss's picture

My personal experience working at Monsanto is much different than your perception of who we are as a company. The company is regularly recognized as being an excellent place to work.

For example, recent recognitions include: 2013 Top 50 Companies for Diversity, 2013 Platinum Level Fit-Friendly Company, 100 Best Corporate Citizens for 2013 and Top 50 Companies for Executive Women for 2013. More information about these awards and others is available on our web site:

Kelly Clauss's picture

@kbellaorganic: I hope you repost your question to get a more thorough response, but here's a quick answer:
- DNA is present in all foods, except highly refined materials like oil or sugar.
- There are no biotech products owned or produced by Monsanto that have animal DNA. I’m not sure how this rumor got started but it’s just not true.

CreativeGreenLiving's picture

@Kelly Claus and @kbellaorganic
While Monsanto may not currently sell any seeds that are genetically modified with animal DNA the Flavr Savr tomato sold in the 1990's which includes DNA from flounder. In the past experiments have also been done to introduce genes from a cold-water fish into strains of strawberries and citrus to induce frost resistance.

This is why GMOs need to be labeled - just like foods processed in facilities that also process peanuts. If people are avoiding all fish products for religious or philosophical reasons, they have the right to know their tomatoes are not animal product free.

Kelly Clauss's picture

@CreativeGreenLiving: There is a lot of misinformation about GM crops and Monsanto on the Internet, and I really encourage you to post your comment as a question for an expert to answer too. That said, here's a quick answer:
- We have never sold seeds that are genetically modified with animal DNA.
- The Flavr Savr tomato did not contain a gene from flounder. (A full description of FLAVR SAVR tomato is available on the USDA website at

Rickinreallife's picture

Wasn't the FlavrSavr tomato developed by a company called Cal.gene? 

Kelly Clauss's picture

Calgene did develop the FlavrSavr tomato. The link to the USDA web site that I provided in my last comment provides more information about Calgene and that product.