Genetically Modified Crops
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We acknowledge the lack of exchange with critical voices, especially in the early phase of the introduction of GMO Technology. We intend to change this.
Transparency and Reporting is the Way Forward
When agricultural GMOs were launched commercially, there was no blueprint for bringing such a disruptive food technology to market. Based on market realities at the time, Monsanto, which was acquired by Bayer in 2018, focused on marketing GM crops to farmers and engaging primarily with agriculture organizations.
The intent of this report is to provide information about the role and benefits of GMOs in sustainable agriculture and the global food system and to shed light on our efforts towards minimizing impact on the environment.
Listening and Learning
In 2018, the rating agency MSCI ESG Research added a red flag Bayer over concerns about the compatibility of Bayer’s continued production and marketing of GMOs (genetically modified organisms) and with regards to the environmental principles of the United Nations Global Compact. As a founding member of the United Nations Global Compact, we take this as an opportunity to revise our way of explaining GM crops in our portfolio, we recognize that GM technology still carries acceptance issues, and that disruptive technologies require additional engagement with critical voices.
We understand that more information is needed to raise acceptance. In this report we respond to GMO related concerns, outline our efforts and measures regarding safe-use, and define the benefits of GMOs with regards to sustainable agriculture and feeding a growing population. In response to the MSCI findings we provide scientifically proven evidence and invite an open dialogue about innovative technologies, and governance measures.