While Monsanto certainly isn’t above criticism, we have identified incorrect information that – after being repeated numerous times in different articles and online communities – has now evolved into “myths” about what we do, what we stand for as a company, and how we view our impact on the world. The following pages clarify some of the incorrect information about our Company that is often repeated on the Internet.

Myth: GM foods are untested and unsafe

While opponents of GMO crops often describe them as “untested” or “unsafe,” this is simply not true. We place the highest priority on the safety of our products. Biotech crops undergo more testing and oversight before they are commercialized than any other agricultural products.

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Myth: Monsanto sues farmers when GM seed is accidentally in their fields

Monsanto has never sued a farmer when trace amounts of our patented seeds or traits were present in the farmer’s fields as an accident or as a result of inadvertent means.

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Myth: Monsanto sells “Terminator” seeds

Monsanto has never commercialized a biotech trait that resulted in sterile – or “Terminator” – seeds. We made a commitment in 1999 not to commercialize technologies that result in sterile seeds in food crops, and we have no plans or research that would violate this commitment.

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Myth: Monsanto only serves non-GMO and organic foods in its cafeterias.

The food in our cafeterias is no different than what you’d find in most cafeterias, restaurants or supermarkets – some of it is made from GM crops and some of it isn’t. We don’t go out of our way to have either GM or non-GM food in our cafeteria, with the exception of occasional specialty meals that showcase food grown with our seeds.

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Myth: Monsanto has undue influence on governments

Opponents level this accusation to discredit the broad, scientific and global support for GM crops. It is true that Monsanto advocates for regulation and laws that are based on sound science; however, we have rigorous policies to ensure our efforts are transparent, appropriate and legal. Governments also have occasionally hired a person who previously worked at Monsanto; however, instead of the obvious conclusion that these are experienced and highly skilled individuals, critics will suggest a quite complicated, global governmental conspiracy.

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Did you know?

  • While we are best known for advances in biotechnology and farm productivity, Monsanto plant breeders also are using traditional breeding practices to impact qualities important to consumers, such as flavor and nutritional benefits.
  • We believe all farmers and all types of farming systems – whether organic or conventional, whether using heirloom, traditional or traited (biotech/GM) seeds – can and do play an important role in meeting the needs of our growing world.

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Myth: Monsanto is developing GMO marijuana