Two months ago, my family and I moved to St. Louis. We are from Argentina (if you keep going down the map from the U.S., it is right at the bottom of South America) where I used to work for an oil and gas company as a public relations manager.
New in town, I was hired by a company I have heard of a lot, but which I barely knew. Having grown up in a city of 8 million I don’t know much about agriculture either. I was a bit concerned about this–going to work for a company I knew little about that worked in a field I didn’t know anything about. “Not a problem,” said a colleague. “Most people in the world don’t know much about agriculture. Those of us who have been involved with it most of our lives sometimes have trouble explaining it. We need your voice”.
So, my initiation charge will to be to write a series of blog posts on the benefits of biotech in agriculture.
As PR specialists do, I looked for a scientific approach to my investigation–so I decided to go to the sources of humankind knowledge: Google. First thing I noticed was that there are a lot (meaning zillions) of people that do not like us, so I assumed that we must be doing something really huge to have upset so many activists around the world.
I needed to find out the truth and look for an answer to all these critics of biotech and genetically modified organisms (GMO). So I did the math: being 34 years old and planning to retire before I die–not enough time.
Well, so at least I have to be able to find response to the top-ten biotech critics (or go back to Argentina!!!), so I promptly went back to my computer, wrote down “10 reasons why we need GM,” push the Google’s ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ button and there it was, a leaflet that is going to be my handbook for the following weeks. One by one they have listed 10 reasons why we don’t need GM foods, and I am decided to demonstrate why they are wrong. Stay tuned.
10 Reasons We Do Need GM Foods
- “The future rests in the soil beneath our feet”
- Helping a Thirsty World
- It is about improving nutrition
- The World is Bigger Than Your House
Santiago is a Manager of Public Affairs at Monsanto. He was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations, post-graduate studies in Social Communication & Media and an MBA in Marketing Management. Prior to working at Monsanto, Santiago taught PR for almost seven years while working as a Communications Advisor for several organizations and industries. He also worked for a multi-national IT company and an Oil & Gas company as PR Manager.