WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Monsanto agribusiness spokesperson Charla Lord defended her company's genetically modified foods and chemical herbicides on the eve of planned global protests against them.
“Our goal is to help farmers do this in a more sustainable way using fewer resources and having a smaller impact on the environment,” Lord told Sputnik on Friday.
The March Against Monsanto participants deserve an open debate, Lord acknowledged.
“We know people have different points of view on these topics, and it’s important that they’re able to express and share them,” she said.
Monsanto employs 22,000 people in plants in 61 countries. Critics charge the $20 billion agribusiness giant creates widespread health risks through its use of genetically modified organisms (GMO) and exerts undue influence on government bodies to suppress evidence of the dangers its products pose.
Monsanto is a St. Louis, Missouri-based agricultural company that sells biotechnology seeds, durable crop technologies and chemical herbicides, according to the company’s website.