Editor's Note: The following information is from a blog Monsanto has posted in regards to misinformation being spread about a connection between Monsanto and the Zika virus and microcephaly. Monsanto’s blog links to an article on Examiner.com as an example of the misinformation being spread. Examiner.com is an entertainment, news and lifestyle online network that uses independent writers that most often have no journalistic or scientific training. The writers are self-proclaimed experts in their chosen field only and much of what is posted is non-mainstream science, anti-GMO and anti-biotechnology.
You may have seen misinformation and rumors on social media regarding Monsanto, the Zika virus and microcephaly. Unfortunately, this misinformation causes unwarranted fear and distracts from the health crisis at hand and how you can take steps to protect you and your family. Here are some facts:
- Neither Monsanto nor our products have any connection to the Zika virus or microcephaly.
- Monsanto does not manufacture or sell Pyriproxyfen.
- Monsanto does not own Sumitomo Chemical Company. However, Sumitomo Chemical Company is one of our business partners in the area of crop protection.
- Glyphosate is not connected in any way to the Zika virus or microcephaly.
- GMOs have no role in the Zika virus or microcephaly.
The Zika virus is a tragic and critical health issue. Dealing effectively with such an important health threat requires a focus on the facts. As a science-based company working to help meet some of the world’s biggest challenges we support all efforts to combat this health crisis. We hope all efforts will be taken based on the facts, not rumors.