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A Thanksgiving Challenge – and Blessing

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By Robb Fraley, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer 

What comes to mind when someone says, “Thanksgiving.” Now let me guess what you’re thinking:

Turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, Brussels sprouts, cranberry sauce, rolls, sweet potato casserole and pecan or pumpkin pie. Oh, and a salad to get you started – a nice kale salad, perhaps.

Was I close?

Now let’s take a hypothetical situation:

Suppose you’re in charge of cooking your family’s Thanksgiving dinner this year. As you plan your shopping, your preference is for “natural foods” over ones you associate with modern or “industrial” agriculture.… Full Article »

Answering the GMO Myths from a Food Tank Webinar Featured Article

By Nick Weber 

On Nov. 18, Food Tank hosted a webinar with Anna Lappe, of Real Food Media, titled, “The ABCs of the GMO Debate: Do we really need GMOs to feed the world?”

Ms. Lappe presented her argument in six parts, speaking on what she called “GMO myths.” I tuned in to the webinar to learn from her perspective, but what I found was an unbalanced presentation with a few inaccuracies that I’d like to address.

Before I do, I’d like to share some areas where I agree with Ms. Lappe. She’s spot on when she says, “Hunger is … Full Article »

Anik: Our Adoption Story Featured Article

Each November, Monsanto’s Family Network publishes an employee story in honor of National Adoption Month. Below, Adoption Network member Anik shares his story of how part of his family was formed through adoption. This year, Monsanto was also recognized as 18th on the “100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces for 2015” by the Dave Thomas Foundation. Anik also shares his experience of work-life balance at Monsanto during adoption and some of the key highlights as to why he considers Monsanto to be one of the 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces.

When I was growing up, I had a couple of friends who were adopted. … Full Article »

My Experience At The Global Youth Institute – October 2015

By Bailey Gitzel


I am a grade 12 student and live on a small mixed farm near Graysville, MB. I have always been very passionate about agriculture and I plan to pursue it in my future.

This past October, I had the incredible experience of being one of two students who represented Manitoba at this year’s World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa. I was one of roughly 200 student delegates from around the world selected to participate in the three day Global Youth Institute hosted by the World Food Prize Foundation.

During my three days in Iowa, I … Full Article »

Changing the Conversation about STEM

Melissa Harper
VP of Global Talent Acquisition, Diversity & Inclusion

Did you know that about 70 percent of the people in agriculture’s work force hold jobs based in science, technology, engineering and math?  Data analysts, botanists, entomologists, agronomists, finance professionals and system engineers make up  just a few of the industry’s growing number of STEM-related jobs, particularly as digital agriculture and data science are becoming critical to feeding the world.

But there’s a problem. Not only do STEM-related roles make up the fastest-growing segment of the agribusiness work force, they are also some of the toughest positions to fill.

Why? … Full Article »

A physician’s perspective on glyphosate & food labels

by Daniel Goldstein, M.D.
Senior Science Fellow
Lead, Medical Sciences and Outreach

As a pediatrician, a father, and a Monsanto employee, nothing is more important to me than the safety of the products we sell, and so I want to respond to some recent advertisements designed to generate unwarranted fear and concern about the herbicide glyphosate.

Our products, including glyphosate-based herbicides, are designed to help farmers produce food for our growing world in a more sustainable way.  Like other herbicides on the market, glyphosate is carefully evaluated by the U.S. EPA and numerous other regulatory agencies … Full Article »

Homemade Turkey Thanksgiving Dinner with Mashed Potatoes, Stuffing, and Corn

Celebrating Thanksgiving Day in Canada

By Brandie Piper
Monsanto Corporate Engagement

Every year on the second Monday of October most Canadians across the country celebrate Thanksgiving Day, and it’s celebrated with traditions similar to Thanksgiving Day in the United States; Canadians take the time to eat a meal with family and friends and give thanks.

Though there are small differences in how Americans and Canadians give thanks each autumn, the foods traditionally served tend to be the same. Turkey, stuffing, cranberries, mashed potatoes, sweet corn, roasted vegetables and pumpkin pie are staples at both holiday meals. Canadians are just as likely to host Thanksgiving dinner … Full Article »

Addressing Recent Litigation on Glyphosate Featured Article

Glyphosate-based herbicides have a 40-year history of safe use.  Glyphosate has been the subject of more than 800 different health and safety studies, and no regulatory agency in the world considers glyphosate to be a carcinogen.  However, after the classification of glyphosate by IARC in Category 2A in March 2015, plaintiffs’ attorneys in the United States began soliciting plaintiffs for potential lawsuits.  These attorneys are attempting to tie the IARC classification to individual cases of cancer, and they’re running ads to recruit plaintiffs in local newspapers and on the radio.  At this time, one individual lawsuit is pending.

While we’re … Full Article »

Why does Monsanto work with academics?

by Eric Sachs, Ph.D., Strategic Engagement Lead at Monsanto 

Unless you’ve worked in academia, it might be unclear how and why companies like Monsanto collaborate with university professors. I have some insight into this myself – as a Monsanto employee, I earned my PhD in Genetics at Texas A&M University, where I attended classes and did my research side-by-side with professors, researchers and other graduate students. Naturally, I developed many close relationships and on more than one occasion debated which career path is better: public research or private research? Developing minds or developing products? Ultimately though, scientists are … Full Article »

Innovation Fuels a Sense of Possibility in a Rapidly Changing World Featured Article

By Adam Blight, Monsanto Australia & New Zealand

On assuming the leadership of the Australian Government recently, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull proclaimed that this is the most exciting time to be alive in this country. His comment was notable for its optimism – a sentiment usually in short supply in the heat of national political debates. So what was the Prime Minister’s justification for such an optimistic claim? In a word: innovation.

The Prime Minister believes that we cannot future-proof ourselves and that the disruptions transforming the global economy can be our ‘friend’ if we are agile, innovative and … Full Article »

Here we go again: Dr. Oz and glyphosate

We just watched the latest episode of Dr. Oz, and sadly, we weren’t surprised by what we saw.  Just like he did back in April, Dr. Oz used the IARC classification of glyphosate in Category 2A to raise confusion and concern with his viewers.

As a company, we’re eager for folks to know more about how our products help farmers produce food in a more environmentally sustainable way.  We want folks to know that we take safety extremely seriously, and glyphosate has undergone rigorous safety evaluations by regulatory agencies around the world.  Unfortunately, experience has shown us that with … Full Article »