At-A-Glance: Our View on Food Labeling
- Each country establishes its own food labeling laws. Within the United States, we are one of over 1,100 food and agriculture organizations that support the bipartisan national legislative agreement on GMO labeling that passed approval in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives in July 2016.
- We understand that consumers want to know more about their food and believe this framework will provide consistency in access to information about the use of GMOs in the food system across the country. It also avoids the alternative patchwork of state laws and the negative impacts these would have for consumers, small businesses, and the farmers who grow our food.
- The safety of our products is our first priority, and multiple health societies, hundreds of independent scientific experts and dozens of governments around the world have determined that foods and ingredients developed through biotechnology [or genetic modification (GM)] are safe.
- We have historically opposed state by state initiatives to mandate labeling of ingredients developed from GM seeds in the absence of any demonstrated risks. Such labeling creates a confusing and costly patchwork of state laws.
Monsanto’s Role in Food Production
Food production starts with a seed, and this is where much of Monsanto’s business is focused. We produce a wide variety of seeds, including conventional and biotech (or GM) seeds for all types and sizes of farms around the world.
As an agricultural company, we are proud to serve our farmer customers, who grow high-quality crops that contribute to a safe, healthful and sustainable food supply. We believe farmers and consumers should have a broad range of product choices in the marketplace.
We recognize some are interested in biotechnology’s role in agriculture and our food supply, as well as its safety and benefits. We are committed to continuing to share this information. Over the last two decades, seeds improved through biotechnology have become the preferred choice of millions of farmers globally because of their benefits. We label all of our seed products because it ensures that farmers are aware of what they buy and plant.
The safety of our products is our first priority, and the safety of biotech crops is well-established. We agree with the conclusions of multiple health societies, hundreds of independent scientific experts and dozens of governments around the world who have determined that food ingredients and products made from biotech crops are as safe as their conventional counterparts.
Updated: July 2016