If GMOs are so great, why does Monsanto only serve organic produce in its cafeteria?

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Q: If GMOs are so great, why does Monsanto only serve organic produce in its cafeteria?

This is a myth that we hear quite often and it is simply not true. There is a belief that Monsanto won’t serve GM foods—or that we serve only organic food—in our cafeterias. It’s a myth that started back in 1999 and continues today. In reality, all types of foods can be found in our cafeterias. These are the same foods that we purchase at grocery stores for our families, and the same foods that everyone else eats.

In fact, sometimes we even have special menu items that feature our products. For example, during the summer of 2012 our St. Louis farm held a special event for employees that included a sweet-corn celebration in which our biotech/GM sweet corn was served in the cafeteria for a week and we invited a local farmer who grows that sweet corn on campus for a 1-day farmers' market. Our employees were so excited to buy our biotech/GMO sweet corn that there were long lines and the farmer sold out of all of the corn that he brought. To learn more about this event, click here.

To learn more about the origins of this myth, please click here.