By Kwan Thai
Commercial Events Characterization Lead
Do you know what it is like to be hungry? Not the “I’m hungry, I need a snack” kind of hungry. Real hunger, as in starvation. According to the World Food Programme, one in eight people in the world suffer from hunger or starvation, so maybe you do know. If it’s something you’ve only seen on TV though, let me tell you what it’s like.
At the beginning of starvation, you feel extremely hungry. Then, the hunger pangs go away, and you get weaker and weaker – to the point that you’re barely … Full Article »
by Dan Goldstein, MD, Pediatrician & Toxicologist; & Scientific Affairs Lead, Monsanto
Anthony Samsel and the activist group Moms Across America have suggested recently that glyphosate is found in vaccines. Nothing from Anthony Samsel’s results provides reliable evidence that glyphosate is present in vaccines. Everything that regulatory agencies and credible scientists know about glyphosate tells us this outcome is extremely unlikely. Unfortunately, such sensational allegations only serve to spark unwarranted fear and confusion and make finding reliable information much more difficult. In this post, I will discuss how this accusation is not credible by looking into the science behind the … Full Article »
Mike Lohuis is the Ag Environmental Strategy Lead at Monsanto, and is helping develop our strategy to address climate change. Here he answers some questions about our commitment to carbon neutrality.
What is Carbon Neutral Crop Production, and why is it important?
Crops use the process of photosynthesis to naturally convert carbon-dioxide from the atmosphere into oxygen and organic carbon in the form of plant biomass, roots and grain. However, the use of tillage, fuel, fertilizer, manure and other inputs used to grow crops also release carbon-dioxide and other greenhouse gases (GHG) back into the atmosphere. Carbon-neutral cropping is a … Full Article »
By Richard M., Commercial Finance Intern & Student Ambassador
This summer, I had the opportunity to work for Monsanto as a Commercial Finance Intern, and it has definitely been my favorite job experience! Growing up in St. Louis, Missouri, I knew that Monsanto was a global agriculture company, but I didn’t know much more about it than that. My love for agriculture truly began when I was young; I had the opportunity to drive around my uncle’s farm and saw some of the corn that he grew. This experience led me to think about how interesting life as a farmer … Full Article »
By Audrey Ball
Nine months ago, I was serving as president of Net Impact at Washington University in St. Louis, a student organization dedicated to empowering leaders in business and sustainability, and had the opportunity to visit Monsanto. Fourteen of my Net Impact colleagues and I toured the Monsanto technology headquarters at Chesterfield and attended a presentation given by Gabriela Burian, the sustainable ag ecosystems lead, explaining Monsanto’s involvement in the World Business Council for Sustainable Development Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) initiative. It was November, an important month for the sustainability world, as stakeholders prepared to come together … Full Article »
By Emily T., Production Research Intern and Student Ambassador
I will be a senior in Agronomy at Iowa State University this fall. Originally, I came to Iowa State as an Animal Science major, but then switched to Agronomy at the beginning of my sophomore year. By that time, I had acquired a passion for crop production and realized that I wanted to learn more about agronomy. It is exciting to be a part of producing the grain that farmers will grow in the future to feed the world! Now, as I embark upon my final year, I know that it … Full Article »
By Audrey Ball
When Monsanto signed on to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) initiative, it committed to collaboratively finding solutions to cross-continental challenges that take on different forms in every geography.
Building resilience and mitigating climate change in different regions requires global partners and tactics tailored to local landscapes. Monsanto India strives to understand and serve the unique needs of its farmer customers and has become a global leader for Monsanto’s climate-smart agriculture efforts.
Agriculture uses 85-90 percent of freshwater in India, a fact that Rakesh Dubey, policy and stakeholder engagement lead for … Full Article »
by Miriam Paris, U.S. Soybean Marketing Manager
At Monsanto, we focus on bringing farmers a broad range of solutions to help them sustainably grow their crops. Increasingly, our aim is to develop solutions that are integrated and complementary. We are working in the areas of plant breeding, biotechnology, data science and chemistry to bring farmers products and services that work together as a system to help farmers achieve their best possible harvest.
Earlier this year, we introduced part of a new system for soybeans called Roundup Ready 2 Xtend®, after a similar launch for cotton in 2015 that was successful. … Full Article »
By Russell J., Mechanical Project Engineer Intern
Growing up in Iowa, surrounded by cornfields, I never imagined that I would be working in agriculture in the middle of the Rocky Mountains, at 6,000 feet above sea level! However, that is exactly what I found myself doing as I packed up my car and headed across the country to Soda Springs, Idaho.
The importance of agriculture for today’s society is unmistakable. As the population grows, we find ourselves in need of producing more crops using the same amount of land. A commitment to sustainability and an effort to … Full Article »
By Audrey Ball
Monsanto shares the goal of advancing sustainability in business and has joined with other corporations, academics, and policymakers in the commitment to build on progress made at the 21st annual United Nations Climate Conference in Paris this past December. Two Monsanto leaders – Gabriela Burian, sustainable agriculture global lead, and Wendy Reinhardt Kapsak, global lead for food, nutrition, and health partnerships – attended the Pathways to Impact Conference at Yale to join in cross-sectoral collaboration to scale up sustainability solutions.
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), in partnership with the Yale Center for Business … Full Article »