At least one senior Monsanto official covered the GMO debate and the future of agriculture during The Wall Street Journal’s 2016 Global Food Forum.
The forum, held in early October, brought together top officials in agribusiness and food production to explore key challenges facing the global agriculture system.
Watch: Monsanto official discusses GMOs at 2016 Global Food Forum
Mike Frank — senior vice president and chief commercial officer for Monsanto — said the conversation around genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, is often polarizing.
“Often what happens is, there’s a conversation that it’s kind of good versus evil, or good versus bad,” Frank said. “Farmers everywhere, whether they’re organic or conventional or using GMOs, they’re all trying to do the same thing: They’re trying to produce successful harvest, they’re trying to manage pests, they’re trying to do the right thing in the environment, and they’re trying to create a visible business model so that they can hand it down to the next generation.”
In addition to Frank, other speakers included officials from Perdue Farms, Campbell Soup Company and Walmart. Government officials at the event included U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Robert Califf and Office of the U.S. Trade Representative Chief Agricultural Negotiator Darci Vetter.
Listen to Frank’s full remarks by watching The Wall Street Journal’s video provided above.