QWhy are companies like Monsanto being banned in many countries and why is this countrys government protecting Monsanto?

Why are companies like Monsanto being banned in many countries and why is this countrys government protecting Monsanto?

AExpert Answer

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 farmers.

 

Some of this confusion might come from the EU’s polarized public opinion surrounding GMOs and the EU approval process. While the EU has approved just two GMO crops for cultivation (a corn variety resistant to the European corn borer and a potato with modified starch composition, which is desired for things such as papermaking), it does have over 47 GM (cited from EuropaBio.org, as of April 2012) products that are approved for food and feed usage. 

 

Many other countries around the world, including Japan, China, Brazil, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States, have approved GMOs, and a total of 74 countries authorize GM products for cultivation (growing), food import for people, feed import for animals and/or trials and testing. You can find a map of where biotech crops are being grown, imported and tested here.

 

If you would like to learn more about GM crops in other countries, you can read the answers in the links below: 

 

In regard to your second question, the United States has strong regulatory systems, and Monsanto is subject to the same regulatory processes as any other company or organization. 

 

We follow local laws regarding our efforts with governments and conduct routine audits to ensure our efforts are transparent, appropriate and legal. However, this doesn’t prevent our detractors from leveling accusations against Monsanto to discredit the broad scientific and global support that exists for GM crops. You can read more about our code of business conduct and anti-corruption policy on our website.

Posted on March 9, 2018
Hello, and thank you for your question! Scientists commonly use genetically engineering (GE) to add and subtract genes from ALL sorts of plants, from common weeds to potatoes from the Andes. Most GE is performed only to learn how plants work. While it’s relatively simple to change a plant’s genetics, it’s difficult and expensive to actually improve a plant’s genetics. Thus, only the most “important” crops are targets for GE. Smaller improvements are... Read More
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Posted on March 8, 2018
Hello, and thank you for your question! Scientists commonly use genetically engineering (GE) to add and subtract genes from ALL sorts of plants, from common weeds to potatoes from the Andes. Most GE is performed only to learn how plants work. While it’s relatively simple to change a plant’s genetics, it’s difficult and expensive to actually improve a plant’s genetics. Thus, only the most “important” crops are targets for GE. Smaller improvements are... Read More
Posted on March 9, 2018
Anyone who has traveled through the Southeast and seen kudzu vines along the highway knows that plants can evolve into a negative outcome. There is a similar concern that a GMO can produce negative outcomes in the environment.  Therefore, prior to approving their commercial planting, GMOs must be tested in contained field trials to ensure that they do not behave in ways that could cause problems. To prevent negative outcomes, GMOs must not have the ability to cross with wild... Read More

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