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Syngenta defends senior scientist

On the Feb. 21 show “Democracy Now!,” a program syndicated to more than 1200 public radio and online media outlets in the U.S. and abroad, Professor Tyrone Hayes made outrageous and utterly false accusations against one of our scientists. These comments also are posted on its website. Syngenta cannot allow malicious treatment of a colleague to go unchallenged. We want to be fully transparent about taking necessary steps to ensure our employees are treated with respect and dignity. To that end, we sent letters to the University of California - Berkeley, “Democracy Now!” and Professor Hayes, demanding a retraction and public apology. Click to view the letters.
 
A line has been crossed that we can no longer ignore. These are strongly worded letters, because sensationalized and devastating harassment of real people with real reputations should not be allowed to go unchecked.
 
Our employees have every right to be fiercely proud of the work they do. We’re helping provide the technologies that will make it possible to feed a hungry world in the 21st century.
 
Syngenta operates according to the highest ethical and scientific standards and will continue to do so.