Monsanto UK Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Monsanto Company, based in St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
Monsanto's presence in the UK has evolved significantly since its origins here in 1919, when the company entered into a partnership with R.A. Graesser Chemical works in Ruabon, Wales.
Following merger with our previous parent company Pharmacia Corp. and subsequently pharmaceutical company Pfizer, today’s Monsanto Company was formed through a "spin-off" from Pharmacia which allowed Monsanto to become an independent and stand-alone agricultural company. Monsanto had at this stage already been operating as a separate entity since an initial public offering of Monsanto Co. shares on the New York Stock exchange in the autumn of 2000. Click here.
Today Monsanto is acknowledged as a unique agricultural company, with its blend of agricultural seeds, traits, and chemicals - such as the herbicide Roundup - providing integrated solutions to farmers around the world. As a leading world-wide provider of technology-based solutions and agricultural products which improve farm productivity and food quality, the company employs some 22,000 people globally. To check the current share price on the New York Stock Exchange, where Monsanto is a member of Standard and Poor's benchmark top 500 stocks index, click here. The symbol for Monsanto shares is "MON".
Over the past two decades, Monsanto’s business has evolved from one predominantly based on agricultural chemicals to one where seeds and advanced genetic traits increasingly dominate our product portfolio. Genetically modified crop plants are part of that product mix, and are already grown extensively in other parts of the world, particularly in the USA, South America, China and Canada. They are not grown commercially in the UK.
A few genetically modified foods and products containing genetically modified ingredients are available in the UK. These include products containing ingredients from imported genetically modified soya, sugar beet, and maize. Typical examples are certain types of cooking oil, cake toppings and certain other prepared foods. In addition, many types of hard cheese are nowadays manufactured using an enzyme from GM sources called chymosin, used in place of rennet taken from calves' stomachs, thereby making it suitable for many vegetarians. Between 1996 and 1999, around 1.8 million cans of the world's first GM processed whole food - tomato puree - were successfully sold in two supermarkets nationwide in the UK. Neither the cheese nor the puree were Monsanto products.
Monsanto UK Ltd uses conventional breeding to develop new varieties of Oilseed rape and markets Oilseed rape seeds for UK agriculture under the Dekalb brand. We also market a range of Monsanto crop protection products principally Roundup brand herbicide (see www.monsanto-ag.co.uk) and a range of Seminis and De Ruiter brand vegetable seeds.