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- Syngenta defends senior scientist March 7, 2014
Professor Tyrone Hayes made outrageous and utterly false accusations against one of our scientists. These comments also are posted on its website. Syngenta cannot allow malicious treatment of a colleague to go unchallenged.
- Statement concerning Democracy Now February 27, 2014
Syngenta values constructive dialogue with stakeholders and respects differing opinions. However, the Feb. 21st, 2014 Democracy Now report contained statements by Dr. Hayes that are completely false, without merit and harmful to the reputation of both the company and our employees.
- What The New Yorker didn’t tell you – the real facts behind the story February 6, 2014
In the course of The New Yorker magazine’s preparation of an article on Syngenta and the U.S. regulatory process, we provided important input and corrections of fact to both its staff writer and fact checker. Unfortunately, the magazine chose to ignore much of this information and gloss over key points, in order to present a highly slanted and false narrative to its readers.
- Syngenta responds to The New Yorker story February 6, 2014
It’s unfortunate and surprising that The New Yorker story criticizes a requirement that regulatory decisions “rely on studies that meet high standards for ‘quality, objectivity, utility, and integrity.’” We support sound science and hope that U.S. policy continues to be based on well-tested, solid research.
- Syngenta stands by the safety of atrazine February 4, 2014
Syngenta stands by the safety of atrazine. Our goal always has been to clearly communicate the facts about atrazine and correct the record where there is misinformation regarding the established safety of our product. And we will continue to defend our product and encourage others to share their knowledge, experience and scientific data about the safety and benefits of atrazine. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a rigorous and transparent registration process for products like atrazine. This process relies on sound science and requires more than 120 health, safety and environmental tests conducted under strict regulations as well as public disclosure of data, and numerous opportunities for public comment and input. As part of its safety record, atrazine has passed multiple reviews by the EPA that included a definitive study demonstrating atrazine has no impact on amphibian reproductive health (Kloas, 2009). In 2012, EPA reaffirmed its position, stating ‘…no additional testing is warranted to address this issue.’ Atrazine is one of the most carefully studied and thoroughly tested compounds in the world. Nearly 7,000 scientific studies conducted over more than 50 years establish its safety for humans and the environment. EPA, the World Health Organization and government regulators in the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia have found atrazine to be safe at levels found in the environment. Scientists have also documented the extensive environmental and economic benefits farmers who safely use atrazine have been experiencing for more than 50 years. Sound science has shown that atrazine does not and cannot cause adverse effects at levels that people would ever be exposed to in the real-world environment. That’s why millions of farmers rely on atrazine to protect our food supply and help feed the world.
- Response to Ackerman et al. study – Would banning atrazine benefit farmers? January 17, 2014
Syngenta stands by these findings and the many benefits that atrazine offers to food production, crop yield, the environment, job creation and the U.S. economy.
- Atrazine article is advocacy, not journalism June 18, 2013
An article about Syngenta's defense of atrazine was recently posted on the Environmental Health News website. It’s important to understand this story is a work of advocacy, not journalism. It was written as part of a new effort on the part of plaintiffs’ attorneys reported to be planning future litigation.
- Study shows atrazine poses no cancer risk in drinking water February 8, 2013
A new report in the March 2013 issue of European Journal of Cancer Prevention states atrazine appears to be a good candidate for a category of herbicides with a probable absence of cancer risk. The authors, Boffetta et. al, recommend that atrazine cont...
- University of Missouri Students Investigate Atrazine Runoff November 20, 2012
From High Plains / Midwest Ag Journal: University of Missouri undergraduates, working with faculty from the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, investigated whether working the herbicide atrazine into crop soils would reduce runoff ...
- Report finds no causal association between atrazine and cancer September 6, 2012
Abstract from the European Journal of Cancer Prevention: ...We reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency and Panel reports in the context of all the epidemiologic studies on the specific cancers of interest. A weight-of-evidence approach leads to...
- Atrazine Settlement Statement August 1, 2012
From Syngenta Crop Protection: This settlement ends the business uncertainty and expense of protracted litigation surrounding this critical product that has been the backbone of weed control for more than 50 years. It allows farmers to continue to r...
- Documentaries, website show herbicide atrazine helps save water and conserve soil May 9, 2012
From Syngenta Crop Protection: Syngenta today announced the launch of a new website, "Saving the Oasis," featuring three short documentaries that tell the story of how atrazine helps modern farmers protect precious water and soil resources while aidin...
- Documentary Film “Last Call at the Oasis” Gets Facts Wrong About Atrazine May 7, 2012
From Syngenta Crop Protection: The documentary movie “Last Call at the Oasis” dramatizes a real crisis—the global shortage of clean water. But the film gets key facts wrong about atrazine, a herbicide that is not only safe, but actually prote...
- Modern farming is grounds for Earth Day celebration April 20, 2012
From Syngenta Crop Protection: Modern farming practices such as conservation tillage and no-till farming are responsible for significant environmental benefits often overlooked by Earth Day observers. With no-till, farmers plant crops and control w...
- USGS Study: Atrazine Unlikely to Exceed Drinking Water Standard in Agricultural Groundwater March 14, 2012
From USGS via Journal of Environmental Quality: ...Atrazine is one of the most extensively used agricultural herbicides in the United States, with an average annual use (1992–1995) of 29 million kg active ingredient applied to about 231,000 km2 of c...