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Setting the Record Straight About Roundup and Chronic Diseases

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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 »

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Melbourne Hosts Inaugural ‘Tomato Innovation Day’ Featured Article

More than 80 growers, suppliers, retailers and educators from across Australia and New Zealand descended on Melbourne for the inaugural De Ruiter™ Living Proof Tomato Innovation Day in Melbourne.

In a first-of-its kind event for Monsanto Australia, attendees were treated to a hands-on, interactive experience that demonstrated how De Ruiter’s™ proven performance, next generation technology and leading products can support and grow their operations.

Monsanto’s Vegetables Commercial Lead for Australia and New Zealand, Rachel Palumbo, said the event was a resounding success and showcased the company’s expertise and passion for producing tasty and nutritious food.

“Through sessions on rootstock utilization, global … Full Article »

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About Business, Climate change, Actions and Agriculture Featured Article

By Gabriela Burian
Global Lead, Sustainable Agriculture Environment

“Climate change threatens irreversible and dangerous impacts, but options exist to limit its effects.”

That’s the headline on the concluding installment of the most recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), published just this past Nov. 2. And if ever there was a good news/bad news message, I think you’d have to say that’s it.

It was to try to find the opportunities for good news that Hugh Grant, our chairman and CEO, and I went to Atlanta in the first week of November for the annual meeting of … Full Article »

Fostering Critical Collaborations To Feed A Growing World Featured Article

By Maureen Mazurek
Sustainability Operations Lead

All of us involved in the challenge of feeding a growing world sustainably know that the only way we will succeed is through collaboration. How thrilling, then, that a large delegation from Monsanto was able to participate in September in New York at the 10th Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting — which convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.

Our company has participated in CGI before, but this year we clearly took our role to a higher level. And I’m excited about the growing … Full Article »

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Collaboration is the Key to New Developments in Vegetables Featured Article

By Marlin Edwards
Chief Technology Officer, Seminis

I’m proud of our commitment to bring farmers around the world a broad range of agricultural solutions to help nourish our growing world but it’s clear that we can’t do this alone. That’s why, in addition to developing our own products, Monsanto seeks to partner and collaborate with others to foster the development of new products and solutions for growers. To help further progress towards these goals in our vegetable seeds business we are developing a new licensing program.

Monsanto has a long-standing, company-wide commitment to broadly license our patented traits and technologies. Licensing allows … Full Article »

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Why are we suing Maui? Featured Article

In an extremely close vote last week, citizens of Maui in Hawaii voted to implement a moratorium on the planting of GM crops in their county. This decision, if enacted, will have an immediate effect on the longstanding, and safe, operations of Monsanto on the island.

The impact though goes far beyond our business and our more than 1,000 employees who live and work in Hawaii. It goes right to the heart of the work that will need to be done to help ensure a sustainable food supply as the earth’s population continues to grow.

This challenge to feed the … Full Article »

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Strong Partnerships Vital to Driving Sustainablity Breakthroughs Featured Article

By Kerry Preete
Executive Vice President, Global Strategy

On Nov. 6, I attended the World Water Summit in London, an event hosted by The Economist for the purpose of bringing together representatives from the private sector, NGOs and governments to discuss challenges related to global water use.

I was proud to share with the attendees some of the work we’re doing at Monsanto to help farmers produce enough food to nourish a growing planet while also freezing the footprint of agriculture.

But at the same time, I left London fully aware that there is so much left to do in confronting … Full Article »

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From Seed to Oven: Farm Program Teaches Students about the Life Cycle of Pizza Ingredients Featured Article

Most people in North America are more than three generations removed from the farm. Ag in the Classroom (AITC) and the Government of Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture implemented a creative program to provide elementary students with a better understanding of where their food originates. Last year, 350 students in Yorkton, Canada, learned how to truly make a pizza from scratch through the Pizza Farm program, hosted by Monsanto.

During third grade, as part of the curriculum with AITC, students visit the farm in June to plant all of the ingredients used to make a pizza, including wheat, tomatoes, peppers, onions, … Full Article »