John Swarthout, Ph.D.

Monsanto

John Swarthout, Ph.D.

Scientific Outreach and Issues Management Lead, Monsanto Company

Born and raised in Missouri, I was fortunate enough to spend my summers in the Missouri countryside where I developed my passion for wildlife and nature. These childhood experiences provided the impetus for pursuing degrees in the Biological sciences. During my doctoral and postdoctoral studies, I was exposed to a wide range of exciting and groundbreaking research studies applying the latest technologies with the intent of advancing our understanding of disease processes like osteoporosis and cancer. I am now extremely fortunate to be a part of an innovative company with a true appreciation for the role that science must play to ensure we meet the increasing global demand for food and feed.

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Posted on April 16, 2016
Response from John Swarthout, Ph.D., Scientific Outreach and Issues Management Lead, Monsanto Company • June 27, 2016
Thanks for your question which raises some very significant points for discussion. Before I get into the details of the studies you mentioned, it is important to address the larger question of when and why are studies reviewed, and to clarify the impact of said studies on the ruling of the Council of State dated April 15, 2016.   In this respect, importantly the studies themselves were not “rejected” at all by the Council of State; rather the Court carefully reviewed these... Read More
Posted on September 10, 2015
Response from John Swarthout, Ph.D., Scientific Outreach and Issues Management Lead, Monsanto Company • October 15, 2015
Thanks for your question. You asked about two topics, but the article makes several claims and I will comment on as many as possible. The blog’s author, Jonathan Latham, takes several opportunities to connect two dots because they are scary but stops short of painting the whole picture. Doing so is deliberate and leaves most wondering what the final image (the truth) really is. I find it curious that he would choose to raise these specific points about Bt. Simply because Bacillus... Read More
Posted on August 29, 2013
Response from John Swarthout, Ph.D., Scientific Outreach and Issues Management Lead, Monsanto Company • August 29, 2013
Thanks for your question and affording us the opportunity to respond to this issue. Actually, the manuscript you are referring to by Shehata et al. is the second publication from this group (Monika Krüger lab, 2012). In both publications, the authors employed an unrealistic model system (in vitro), utilizing a few isolated bacterial strains to represent the complex mixed microbial population of the animal gut, and subjected them to high concentrations of glyphosate formulations. Most... Read More
Posted on August 29, 2013
Response from John Swarthout, Ph.D., Scientific Outreach and Issues Management Lead, Monsanto Company • August 29, 2013
Thanks for your question and for permitting us the opportunity to respond to this very important issue. The study that you are referring to is by Thongprakaisang et al. and reports that glyphosate induces the growth of human breast cancer cells via an estrogen receptor–mediated signaling pathway. First, it is very important to clear something up. This study was performed in a laboratory setting with cells.  The cells are immortal T47D breast cancer cells derived from an infiltrating... Read More
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Posted on November 4, 2013
Response from John Swarthout, Ph.D., Scientific Outreach and Issues Management Lead, Monsanto Company • November 4, 2013
Regarding glyphosate in the urine, the study you are referring to was conducted by a German non-government organization known as BUND (Association for Environment and Nature Protection―German branch of Friends of the Earth) and is titled “Determination of Glyphosate residues in human urine samples from 18 European countries.” The study looked for the presence of glyphosate in 182 urine samples collected from 18 different countries. Many of the samples collected were negative for glyphosate,... Read More
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