Brenna Aune's picture
What is Monsanto doing to decrease the raise of obesity?

A:Expert Answer

As a registered dietitian, I have worked with many people and organizations focused on balanced eating and active living to achieve a healthy weight over many years.  There are many factors to consider when it comes to helping individuals and our nation achieve a healthy weight; multiple sectors, including agriculture, and individual settings and factors are involved.  Take a look at the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, chapter 6, Helping Americans Make Healthy Choices, to see how all of these factors work together. We continue speak with others regarding how we can contribute to a healthful lifestyle given our focus on agriculture.


Food production starts with a seed, and this is where much of Monsanto’s business is focused. We produce a wide variety of seeds for all types and sizes of farms around the world. As members of our families and communities, our people care about how we can help contribute to a balanced plate for people all over the world. While we do not produce or sell food directly, we have a vegetable seed business (for commercial growers and home gardeners) where we seek to make vegetables and melons more appealing to and convenient for consumers.


Despite the well-documented health benefits associated with fruit and vegetable consumption, very few Americans actually meet dietary guidance recommendations. Our plant breeders are using traditional and advanced plant breeding techniques to develop improved seeds that yield vegetables and melons with excellent quality, nutrition and flavor – all characteristics that help increase the appeal and consumption of vegetables. This also means developing seeds that can be grown into plants that are resistant to certain plant pests and viruses. This allows healthful produce to be grown in many different regions around the world so we have consistent access to healthful vegetables and melons. Healthy plants grown in the right conditions can provide healthful food. 


As a registered dietitian with a passion for great-tasting and healthful food, I find this work fascinating and extremely important. 

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QuestionEverything's picture

This may be slightly off topic, but WHY do we as Americans refuse to take personal responsibility for our own actions and choices? We champion our freedom, but whenever possible try to make it someone else's fault whenever we do something stupid, fail to take good care of ourselves and our children, even commit crimes! We are such a litigious society, that we have to have instructions on shampoo, and warning labels like "the coffee is hot" and "don't try to pick up your lawn mower while it's running". Excepting a few medical conditions, the key to fighting obesity is people taking personal responsibility for their food choices and activity levels (note that I'm at least 40 lbs overweight, but I know that this is nobody's fault but my own). "Studies" linking GMOs to obesity actually address the issue of processed foods, which would be less healthful and nutritious than fresh and whole foods whether they contained GM ingredients or not. Instead of wasting our time and energy to "stand up" against companies that we feel are adversely affecting our health, why not "stand up" against our own bad habits, and take responsibility for our own choices?

Joseph Najjar's picture

Thank you for being willing to take responsibility for yourself. Most people want to pass the blame on, because there is no way it could be their faults....People drink 3+ sodas per day, then turn around and complain that high fructose corn syrup made them fat?? Any kind of sugar will make you gain weight if you are going to ingest kilograms of it. I applaud you, sir. I hope more people adopt your responsibility