Foreign Countries Approve Monsanto’s Roundup Ready 2 Yield Soybeans

Monsanto also announced we've received regulatory approvals for Roundup Ready 2 Yield™ soybeans in Mexico, Australia and New Zealand. In addition, 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 popular Roundup Ready® technology in soybeans and offer increased yields. Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans have now been approved in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Taiwan, Japan, the Philippines, Australia and New Zealand. In four years of testing, Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans have demonstrated a consistent yield advantage of 7-11% when compared with its predecessor, Roundup Ready soybeans. The four-year average yield increase of Roundup Ready 2 Yield over its first-generation counterpart was 9%. Monsanto's Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans will be introduced on 1 million to 2 million acres for the 2009 season as part of a controlled commercial release, followed by a large-scale product launch of 5 million to 6 million acres scheduled for 2010.

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