The ability of farmers to produce the best quality, highest-yielding crops possible – and ultimately provide consumers with a safe, affordable and dependable food supply – is an interest shared by many companies and organizations in the agricultural, food and related industries. Occasionally, we will work together to address those topics that are not specific to one company or organization, but rather have a significant impact on food production, food quality and food security overall.

Labeling Food and Ingredients Developed from GMO Seed

We support the Food and Drug Administration’s guidance on labeling food products containing ingredients from biotech crops. We also support the choice of food companies to voluntarily label their products to market certain attributes (e.g. organic, GMO free, etc.) – provided the label is truthful and not misleading. Food companies are in the best position to determine what type of information meets the needs and desires of their customers.

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The Livelihood of Indian Farmers

Farming in rural India brings with it a set of systemic and social issues that can lead to hopelessness among farmers and an unacceptably frequent occurrence of farmer suicides. Significant research has documented that the problem is complex and disproved the claim that GMO crops are the leading cause. Monsanto is committed to helping improve the lives of farmers globally, and we have implemented several projects that have been recognized for positively impacting Indian farmers and their communities.

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Coexistence of GMO, Conventional and Organic Crops

All types of farming practices can and do work effectively side by side. For example, farmers have successfully “coexisted” or grown GMO, conventional and organic crops – sometimes even within the same farm – for years. We are not aware of any organically certified farm that has lost its U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) certification due to the accidental mixing of GMO plant material.

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Did you know?

  • Monsanto is one of several seed and technology companies that are members of Excellence Through Stewardship, an industry-coordinated initiative to promote the responsible management of plant biotechnology.
  • Monsanto is a founding member of Field to Market, an initiative that brings together companies from throughout the food chain to address the challenge of producing enough food, feed, fiber and energy for a rapidly growing global population while conserving natural resources.
  • In 2009, Monsanto joined the United Nations Global Compact, the world's largest corporate citizenship and sustainability initiative. We commit to align our operations and strategies with the Compact’s 10 universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption.