Questions about Monsanto’s Products

At Monsanto we develop and offer a broad choice of products and services to meet farmers’ needs; and, we want to make it easy for you to find information and answers to your questions about these products. This section provides information on a just few products and topics that people often ask us about.

Information on products recently in the mainstream news:

  • European Bans on MON 810 Insect-Protected Corn Hybrids (Ongoing)
    Despite a history of safe cultivation and consumption since 1996, politicians in several countries have taken decisions to illegally ban the planting of MON810 corn hybrids. Scientists and regulatory authorities continue to support the robust safety assessment of MON810.
  • Insect Resistance to Corn and Cotton Crops with Built-In Insect Protection (Bt Crops) (Ongoing)
    Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) is a naturally occurring soil bacterium that we use in some of our corn, soybean and cotton seed products to provide protection from damaging insects. In some instances, these targeted insect pests can become resistant to the Bt protein.
  • Litigation involving Roundup Ready Alfalfa (2006-2013)
    In 2006, the Center for Food Safety sued the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for failing to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement on Roundup Ready alfalfa. After several court rulings on the lawsuit, including one from the U.S. Supreme Court, farmers resumed planting of Roundup Ready alfalfa in 2011.
  • Litigation involving Roundup Ready Sugar Beets (2008-2012)
    In 2008, the Center for Food Safety sued the USDA for failing to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement on Roundup Ready Sugar Beets. The proceedings concluded in 2012.
  • Roundup Ready Wheat (Ongoing)
    In 2013, the USDA reported the detection of Roundup Ready wheat in one field in Oregon. Information about Monsanto’s history with GM wheat and information on this investigation are available on our website: Monsanto and GM Wheat.

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Information on discontinued or former products

  • Posilac® / BST for Dairy Cows (1994-2008)
    In 1994, Monsanto received U.S. regulatory approval for our first biotechnology product – Posilac bovine somatotropin (BST), which helped farmers safely increase milk production in dairy cows. Monsanto produced and marketed the product until 2008 when we divested our animal agriculture businesses to focus on our seed business. The Posilac brand and related business were purchased by Eli Lilly and Company; information about Posilac / BST is available on its web site.
  • NewLeaf Insect- and Disease-Protected Potatoes (1995-2001)
    Between 1995 and 2001, Monsanto sold several NewLeaf™ potato varieties that contained GM traits to protect against certain insects and viruses, while reducing the farmer’s need to use insecticides. In 2001, we decided to focus our biotechnology programs on four key crops, and we discontinued the sales and marketing of our NewLeaf™ potato products. Monsanto does not have a GM potato product in the market today.

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