This is a translation of a letter sent by Manuel J. Bravo Pereyra, President and General Director of Monsanto Latinoamérica Norte, to Enrique Martínez y Martínez of the Mexican Secretary of Agriculture, on the day the fake press releases were sent. The original letter is here.
México, Mexico City, 14th of August
Lic. Enrique Martínez y Martínez
Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fish, and Food (SAGARPA)
In addition to sending you cordial regards, I would like to inform you that false information about our company was disseminated today through a fake website announcing that “Mexico Grants Monsanto Approval To Plant Large-Scale GM Corn Fields.”
In the context of this reprehensible action, I would like to reiterate that Monsanto Company and Monsanto Latinoamérica Norte categorically reject the authorship of the statement circulated on the internet; any information attributed to the company lacks veracity and represents an intent to create an adverse environment in the government as well as in the company during the process of consideration that your branch of government is currently undertaking.
In Monsanto we are conscious of the responsibility of informing the public about this and other topics in a true and opportune way. Nevertheless, I wish to assure you that all of us at Monsanto do understand the importance of information remaining confidential, and based on a message that has been developed in accordance with the requirements and demands of the Federal Government and each of the Secretariats that safeguard the interests of Mexican land.
Thus I want to specify that the only official global web page of the company is www.monsanto.com. Any information presented elsewhere in the name of the company is totally false.
I want to reiterate our promise to continue collaborating with the authorities in the process of obtaining the authorization that will allow us to use these seeds commercially.
I take advantage of this occasion to send you an affectionate greeting in the name of all of us at Monsanto.
Engineer Manuel J. Bravo Pereyra
President and Director General
Monsanto Latinoamérica Norte