As consumers ourselves, Monsanto employees are committed to developing products that contribute to safe and nutritious food choices for all consumers – including our own families and friends. We place the highest priority on the safety of our products, conducting comprehensive product testing and implementing quality control and stewardship programs to support this commitment to safety. We are proud to supply farmers with products that contribute to high-quality crops and, ultimately, a safe, healthful and reliable food supply.

Commonly Asked Questions about the Food Safety of GM Crops

Is GM food safe? There’s conflicting information about GM crops on the Internet, and you may have questions about the safety of our biotech seeds and GM crops, also known as GMOs. This section provides answers to some of the questions we are most often asked.

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An Overview of the Safety of GM Traits and Seeds

GM seeds and plants have been thoroughly tested, and leading health associations, including the American Medical Association, agree that food grown from GM crops is safe to eat. This section discusses why we – and the global scientific community – are confident the safety of GM crops has been well established.

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A Deeper Look at the Science Behind GM Food Safety

In this section, our researchers provide a more technical explanation about how the scientific community assesses the safety of food from GM crops. We describe the key components of the food and feed safety assessment and provide a list of technical references.

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What Independent Experts Are Saying about GM Crops

Independent experts and scientific organizations worldwide stand behind the safety and are supportive of the use of GM crops. This section provides a few quotes and links to comments from various individuals and organizations.

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The Safety of Crop Protection Products

Crop protection products – herbicides, insecticides and fungicides – play a vital role in helping farmers control the pests and diseases that threaten our food supply. This section describes how Monsanto researchers and independent government scientists closely study and examine the safety of these products before they are approved for use by farmers.

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Did you know?

  • Food crops must compete with 30,000 species of weeds, 3,000 species of nematodes and 10,000 species of plant-eating insects.
  • Farmers use GM seeds to grow crops in harsh environments, such as those with limited water, where conventional crops struggle to thrive.
  • Farmers have grown GM crops worldwide for more than 15 years with no substantiated reports of any food safety issues.
  • Within the U.S., the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets limits on how much of a pesticide may be used on crops during growing.

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