What is Monsanto’s opinion on Agent Orange and DDT?

from John M.

from John M.

Hello, John. The former Monsanto Company was one of nine government contractors who manufactured Agent Orange from 1965 to 1969. The herbicide was only produced at the request of, and for use by, the U.S. government as a defoliant to protect the lives of U.S. soldiers. In 2002, Monsanto was spun-off from its chemical ties and identifies itself as a separate, independent agriculture company today. We do recognize, though, that this former affiliation is part of our history and are more than happy to address as necessary. See our full statement on the subject on Agent Orange.
Now for dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT). The former Monsanto Company manufactured DDT from 1944 until 1957, when it ceased production for economic reasons. This halt occurred long before any environmental concerns were brought to the table, and to this day, we do not produce or distribute it. There is something to be said for the benefits of DDT, however. The World Health Organization has noted that DDT is an effective preventative measure for Malaria, a mosquito borne illness that takes millions of lives each year. If you're interested, this NPR article goes into further detail: WHO Backs Use of DDT Against Malaria

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