By Carly Scaduto
“What kind of work do you do?” is a pretty standard question when I meet new people. When I meet people from around St. Louis, Missouri, and tell them what I do at Monsanto, the response is typically “I’ve heard Monsanto is a great company to work for!” However, the response tends to be different when I meet people from outside of St. Louis.
During my short time working in Buenos Aires, Argentina, I’ve met people from all over – many fellow ex-pats from the United States as well as others from around the world. Some of those people had never heard of Monsanto, but many I’ve met have had their not-always-positive opinions about the company that I’m proud to be a part of it. Often I get worn out trying to explain to those people all the reasons why Monsanto is a great company and a great place to work.
Over the weekend, my husband and I were having dinner out in the city of Mendoza, Argentina, and the two men at the table next to us started up a conversation with us. We found out that they were from South Africa, were on vacation and eventually the conversation turned toward what we all do for a living. When it was my turn to share, I braced myself for defending Monsanto. But the response I received from the two South Africans pleasantly surprised me.
“I work for a company called Monsanto,” I said.
“Monsanto, like Roundup Ready crops? That stuff is amazing,” one of the men replied.
“How do you know about Monsanto and Roundup Ready crops?” I inquired.
“We are both farmers’ sons and Monsanto’s technology has really improved farming where we are from,” he excitedly replied.
He went on to explain how much easier farming has become for his father because of Roundup Ready technology. And as he was talking, I couldn’t help but feel this great sense of pride to work for the company that has had such a positive impact on this man and his family.