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What the ‘Big Six’ agricultural biotech companies think about the GMO debate

| | May 16, 2018
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Smack at the center of the debate over genetically modified organisms and their role in developing countries are large corporations. BayerBASFDow AgroScience, DuPont PioneerMonsanto, and Syngenta all sell GMO seed and associated products, including herbicides, as well as a range of non-GMO seed and products supporting agricultural production. They lobby and advise governments on GMO regulation, and they work with farmers on GMO cropping.

For decades, these corporations and their role in the development and use of GMOs have faced criticism, with campaigns attacking them for their impact on public health and the environment. But they have continued to grow and expand — as has their presence in developing countries.

A major aim of these corporations is to improve the profitability of farmers in developing countries, say Bayer, Monsanto, and Syngenta. And working with governments and farmers to improve opportunities in this space is key to their work.

GMO may be a key part of Bayer, Monsanto, and Syngenta’s product portfolios and an important element in their conversation on food security. But in developing countries, they consider GMO to be one of many tools needed to reduce agricultural waste and improve yield.

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