Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Who/what is Monsanto?

Monsanto is committed to bringing a broad range of solutions to help nourish our growing world. We produce seeds for fruits, vegetables and key crops – such as corn, soybeans, and cotton. We work to find sustainable solutions for soil health and help farmers use data to improve farming practices and conserve natural resources, while providing crop protection products to minimize damage from pests and disease so that farmers have better harvests. Through programs and partnerships, we collaborate with farmers, researchers, nonprofit organizations, universities and others to help tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges related to agriculture, food and nutrition.

What is Monsanto’s role in food and nutrition?

Our role is to provide farmers around the world with agriculture solutions, including seeds that are developed for their region’s unique growing conditions. We also work to find sustainable solutions for soil health and help farmers use data to improve farming practices and conserve natural resources. Additionally we provide crop protection products to minimize damage from pests and disease so that farmers have better harvests.

What’s a GMO?

GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organism. Simply stated, it’s when you take a beneficial trait that helps a living thing thrive in nature, like an ability to use water efficiently, and adapt that trait to another plant so that it can better survive in its environment.

What is your position on the March Against Monsanto?

The 22,000 people of Monsanto are committed to having an open dialogue about food and agriculture – we’re proud of the work we do, and we’re eager for people to know more about us. As our world continues to grow and strain our limited resources, we’re all counting on farmers to grow abundant, affordable and safe food. And today, farmers have many tools to help grow crops more efficiently, protect biodiversity and produce more food.

We know people have different points of view on food and agriculture, and it’s important that they’re able to express and share them. At Monsanto, we believe we’re making a contribution by helping farmers produce more from their land while conserving natural resources, such as water and energy.

Is glyphosate safe?

Yes. In evaluations spanning four decades, the overwhelming conclusion of experts worldwide – including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), and the Joint FAO/WHO Meeting on Pesticide Residues (JMPR) – has been that glyphosate can be used safely. In fact, glyphosate safety is supported by one of the most extensive worldwide human health, crop residue and environmental databases ever compiled on a pesticide product. Like all pesticides, regulatory authorities around the world routinely review the latest safety data on glyphosate.
This past month of November, new findings from the U.S. Agricultural Health Study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute show no link between glyphosate and cancer. The article is available here: https://goo.gl/aSEdmz.


Do you have a question? Don’t see it here? Then, we invite you to visit discover.monsanto.com for more information about our sustainability and collaboration efforts as well as our commitments to help feed a growing population. While on the site, please be sure to check out The Conversation. Think of The Conversation as an interactive Q&A on a range of topics, including GMOs. Questions are always welcome as part of The Conversation.