Monsanto Co. has received regulatory approvals for Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans in Mexico, Australia, and New Zealand.
In addition, the company noted the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has issued a positive scientific opinion concluding Roundup Ready 2 Yield is safe for import as food or feed. Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans are the second generation of the Roundup technology in soybeans and offer increased yields.
"These regulatory decisions by Mexico and Europe represent significant steps forward in delivering Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans to our customers," says Brett Begemann, Monsanto’s executive vice president of global commercial business. "Farmers have used Roundup Ready soybeans for more than 10 years to achieve unsurpassed weed control. Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans have increased yields, and will advance farmers’ ability to meet the world’s growing food, feed, and fuel needs."
Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans have now been approved in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Taiwan, Japan, the Philippines, Australia, and New Zealand, says Jerry Hjelle, Monsanto’s regulatory vice president.
"These recent approvals add to the list of countries that have reviewed and concluded that Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans are safe," he says. "The positive EFSA opinion on safety is an important step toward gaining approval within the European Union. Moreover, we are working diligently to achieve regulatory clearance in other markets in anticipation of a 2009 release."
Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans will be introduced on 1 million to 2 million acres for the 2009 season. Initially, this breakthrough technology will be available primarily in maturity groups 2 and 3, where more than 50 percent of U.S. soybeans are grown, according to David Nothmann, Monsanto’s Soybean Agronomic Trait lead. This includes all of Iowa, Nebraska, Ohio, and Pennsylvania; most of Illinois and Indiana; portions of northern Missouri, Kansas, and Maryland; and portions of southern Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, and South Dakota.