Janice Person

Monsanto

Janice Person

Online Engagement Director, Monsanto Company

My passion for agriculture started in college with my first visit to a cotton farm to interview a farmer for a magazine, and I have never looked back. As a city girl, I have gotten lots of opportunities to ask questions that may not be important for farmers but were interesting to me. Decades later friends and family are amazed that the passion has become an integral part of who I am, not just a career, thanks to deep friendships on the farm and in the lab.

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Posted on July 17, 2015
Response from Janice Person, Online Engagement Director, Monsanto Company • September 2, 2015
This is the kind of question that has prompted a lot of introspection at Monsanto in the past two years; more importantly, it is the kind of prompt that has led us to act differently.    If you don’t mind, I’ll start with the perception that we avoid interviews, etc. Monsanto is an agricultural company – we sell seed, other tools and provide services to farmers. Until a couple of years ago, we were focused on communicating with the farmers who are our customers... Read More
Posted on December 26, 2013
Response from Janice Person, Online Engagement Director, Monsanto Company • February 26, 2014
Since Facebook pages are started by organizations based on their own agenda or by people based on a personal passion, it shouldn’t be surprising that agriculture and segments of agriculture seem outnumbered there. Remember, farmers are less than 2 percent of the general public. At the same time, there are some great pages that support agriculture in general and GMOs specifically. Here are some of my favorite ones that speak to GMOs/biotech crops:From a purely positive mindset, check out the... Read More
Posted on December 30, 2013
Response from Janice Person, Online Engagement Director, Monsanto Company • September 19, 2013
Thanks for your inquiry. Several different experts have posted responses to very similar questions on GMO Answers:Regarding farmer suicides: The UK’s Daily Mail reports that an estimated 125,000 farmers have committed suicide because of crop failure and massive debt since planting GM seeds. I have watched a tv show on this and was wondering how Monsanto feels about this. Its supposed to help farmers but it seems to be wiping out the little guy. Is this seem right?Regarding Séralini's... Read More
Posted on December 30, 2013
Response from Janice Person, Online Engagement Director, Monsanto Company • August 31, 2013
Like everyone else at Monsanto, when I hear about suicide, I feel the same way you do – my heart breaks. Suicide is an awful, tragic waste no matter where or why it occurs. But the sorrow and hopelessness that leads someone to take his own life is complicated. Trying to attribute it to a single cause – especially when you’re talking about lots of different people – is misleading. And let me be clear – planting GM seeds is not the cause of the farmer suicide problem in India. Suicide has... Read More
Posted on December 30, 2013
Response from Janice Person, Online Engagement Director, Monsanto Company • September 2, 2013
If you are asking specifically about farmer suicides, we, like everyone else, are anguished by suicides whenever and wherever they occur. Please see my answer to a question on that topic for more information. If you're asking more broadly about what Monsanto is doing to help Indian farmers, here’s some information you might find useful. At Monsanto, we believe that agriculture has the ability to help farmers in India pull themselves out of poverty. With hundreds of employees in India... Read More
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