While most agree the increased global demand must be met, not everyone agrees on the approach that should be used to meet the challenge. Some parties are quick to turn this into an either/or decision by pitting conventional farming practices, organic production and biotechnology against one another. But at Monsanto, we don’t see it that way.
Rather than a simple one-size-fits-all solution to meet the demands of our growing planet, we believe all forms of agriculture can play a role in supporting the world’s challenges. Farmers in any community worldwide should be able to choose the agricultural practices and technologies that best meet the needs of their individual farms, their local environments and their individual families. Each practice represents just one option in agriculture’s growing toolbox, and each is necessary.
For a farmer in East Africa, for example, that may mean improving the efficiency of her staple maize production so she can further diversify into vegetables and other cash crops. It means building on her local knowledge with innovative systems that optimize water management and soil health. It means enabling her to choose tools that help her feed her family, even in the face of limited natural resources and climate change.
At Monsanto, our global vision is that all farmers can access a broad range of tools to increase the efficiency and income of their operations in their local ecology – systems that include agronomic practices, breeding and in many cases biotechnology. Just as there is no single picture of farmers and the challenges they face around the world, there is no single solution. But we believe that enabling farmers everywhere with knowledge and the ability to choose will be key. This is why our more than 20,000 employees around the world – including 4,000 dedicated St. Louis employees – are working hard to deliver agricultural innovations.
We look forward to continuing to be part of the discussion and supporting farmers in their mission of meeting our world’s growing needs.