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Beyond the Rows is a Monsanto Company blog focused on one of the world’s most important industries, agriculture. Monsanto employees write about Monsanto’s business, the agriculture industry, and the farmer.
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Human Rights: From Farm to Fashion

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By Brian Lowry

Last month, I was fortunate to participate in a community event that explored human rights issues in virtually every step of cotton’s journey from seed to clothing. The event, “Human Rights: From Farm to Fashion,” was co-sponsored by Monsanto and six area universities and open to the public. More than 200 individuals, many of them college students, attended.

Puvan Selvanathan, a member of the United Nations Working Group on Business and Human Rights and the U.N. Human Rights Council, served as keynote speaker and master of ceremonies. The day featured presentations and discussions from more than a … Full Article »

The NPR/IQ2US Debate on GMOs Featured Article

On Dec. 3, Intelligence Squared U.S. (IQ2US) livestreamed a debate on GMOs. Monsanto’s Chief Technology Officer Dr. Robb Fraley and Alison Van Eenennaam, a genomics and biotechnology scientist at the University of California-Davis, argued the positive case for GMOs against Charles Benbrook, research professor at the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, and Margaret Mellon, a science policy consultant and former senior scientist for Union of Concerned Scientists.

IQ2US is a non-partisan, nonprofit organization founded in 2006 to restore civility, reasoned analysis and constructive public discourse to today’s often biased media landscape. IQ2US reaches millions through radio, television, live streaming, … Full Article »

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Growing Food More Sustainably: Conservation Tillage to the Rescue Featured Article

By Carlos Vicente Alberto
Sustainability Lead, Europe & Middle East

In 1985, during my final project at the School of Agricultural Engineers in Madrid, I embarked on something that may still seem strange to those unfamiliar with agriculture: growing plants without soil. The idea was to design a farm producing chicory using hydroponics, something that my classmates found novel at the time.

Hydroponics research was no gimmick – multiple crops can be grown this way today. But the fact remains: we need high-quality soil to grow the vast majority of our food, and we need to protect and conserve … Full Article »

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Climate Change and Our Food: Global Perspective Featured Article

For most of us, climate change is hard to wrap our heads around.  We don’t see it in the daily weather report, even though the weather is more unpredictable these days.  It’s not apparent when we draw a glass of water or check items off our lists at the grocery store, even though it might be impacting availability of both fresh water and food.

Climate change is happening, though, and it’s posing new challenges that can impact our food supply and our quality of life.  Diplomats from around the world are discussing and debating potential solutions this week at the … Full Article »

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Working Together to Feed the Future Featured Article

By Lisa Safarian
North America Business Lead

As a mom and a member of the team at Monsanto, I’m focused on food pretty much 24/7, whether it’s thinking about meals for my family or working with farmers to help produce better harvests.

That’s only compounded for me when we talk about our aspirations of helping make a balanced plate of healthy food accessible to the more than 9 billion people that will be on earth by 2050. I know it is nothing short of a huge challenge.

But what’s really exciting to me is that across the agriculture, food and … Full Article »

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Improving Gender Equality in Agriculture Featured Article

By Julia Bailey,
Human Resources Lead, Australian & New Zealand

The recent Gender Equality Scorecard produced by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency shows that Australian organizations are failing to maximize female talent. The data tells an all too familiar tale – the gender pay gap sits at 19.9% for full time base remuneration while women hold only 26.1% of key management personnel (KMP) and make up just 17.3% of CEOs.

In agriculture, the statistics are not much better. Women still earn 18.2% less base remuneration than men, who also comprise 83.1% of KMP.

These results persist despite research showing that organizations … Full Article »

The Truth About Toxic Wheat Featured Article

By Jenny Dewey Rohrich, Prairie Californian

You may or may not have seen this article from the Healthy Home Economist touting wheat is toxic due to being sprayed with Round up (glyphosate) as a pre-harvest. This article brings up some pretty fear inducing statistics for both farmers and non-farmers. Farming is our life and our passion and when someone spreads fear in regards to our livelihood, it is hard not to take it personal. So we respond in the best way we know how, through our own experiences and how we run our own farms.

Unfortunately, trying to lump all farming … Full Article »

Setting the Record Straight About Roundup and Chronic Diseases Featured Article

A few reports keep circulating that blame the use of Roundup® branded herbicides, or glyphosate-based pesticides in general, for various chronic diseases. We’d like to set the record straight. We want you to know that consumer and farmer safety is critically important to us; and we’re confident that all of our registered herbicides pose no unreasonable risks when used according to label directions.

Why are we so confident? Glyphosate-based herbicides have a 40-year history of safe use and are supported by one of the most extensive worldwide human health, safety and environmental databases ever compiled for a pesticide product.

These … Full Article »

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Encouraging Climate Smart Farming In Australia Featured Article

The pivotal role of innovation in improving the sustainability and competitiveness of Australian farmers was the focus of the company’s local management team at recent forums held in Melbourne.

Speaking at the annual conference of respected farm research body, the Australian Farm Institute, the company’s Managing Director in Australia and New Zealand, Daniel Kruithoff, discussed Monsanto’s investment in Climate Corp and the role of data analytics in improving farmers’ yields and sustainability.

“It is well documented that productivity growth in many parts of Australian agriculture has flatlined. Finding new ways to improve our productivity performance is only getting harder.

“Harnessing … Full Article »

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Municipality of Sara, Iloilo Recognizes Monsanto’s Efforts to Assist Typhoon Haiyan Victims Featured Article

 The Municipal Government of Sara, Iloilo recognized Monsanto’s valuable contribution to help its residents recover from the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan at a special program held recently to mark the municipality’s rehabilitation efforts one year after Typhoon Haiyan struck the Visayas. The super typhoon left 6,300 people dead and rendered around 600,000 people homeless.

Monsanto’s plaque of recognition reads that it was given in grateful appreciation of Monsanto’s “extra-ordinary humanitarian concern and immeasurable kindness extended to the people of Sara during one of the darkest and most trying times in their lives.”

Monsanto Philippines Country Lead Sandro Rissi shared … Full Article »

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Sharing Monsanto’s point of view on diversity, Vermont lawsuit Featured Article

Sometimes, the things you don’t know surprise you.  And we realize that’s often true about Monsanto.

For instance, many folks don’t know that diversity and inclusion are bedrock pillars of how Monsanto operates and lives our commitment to human rights, dignity and respect.  As a company focused on collaborating with others to help tackle the challenges of sustainability, nutrition and climate change, we believe that the best ideas and innovations are the result of collaboration, teamwork, dialogue and respect.  To put it plainly: Diversity is a foundation of both who we are and how we do business.

Diversity and inclusion … Full Article »