It happens. You create images of people and places you’ve never seen or met. And with some of the things that get said about Monsanto, it wouldn’t surprise me if some people said they were more afraid of Monsanto employees than they are of Darth Vader or ninjas. When I read a blog post, by a person I consider a friend through social media, that said something about the way she generally pictured my Monsanto colleagues and me in darkness. I have to admit to being a bit surprised. But more than that, I so appreciate her willingness to consider that the perception and reality may not be the same.
I know that images of Monsanto aren’t always pretty. And with the current stage of my allergies, I’d have to admit the same is truthfully said of me with these swollen eyes. But in the day to day reality, we are the people who live alongside everyone else. We spent our evening and weekends taking kids to soccer games, volunteering at civic organizations, cooking meals on the grill and doing social media chats.
The pictures of us doing our day jobs are rarely as exciting as the images folklore would have people believe. We spend our days focused on farmers. Behind the doors of our labs, offices and pickup trucks, you will find some of the people who are most passionate about American farms – after all, a lot of us grew up on farms and return there to help at harvest or to spend the holidays with family.
If you want a chance to see some of our people going about the day-to-day, here are a few links for you to check out:
- Recently, the Midwest was converging on Decatur, Illinois for the Farm Progress Show where Matt Kirkpatrick talked about changes in agriculture over time
- Colleagues in India developed “Project Share” which has advanced planting technology in a region
- On Twitter I came across this video of my friends Ty Fowler and Quentin Jackson talking about weed resistance with cotton farmers in Georgia this month
- David Fischhoff is one of the Monsanto scientists with an eye on the future as technology will continue to evolve to better enable farmers to tap more of the potential in the field.
As far as the Darth Vader images, I’ll have to see if I can find a Star Wars fan planning for Halloween. Though I like the image of taking a light saber to some of those mythological perceptions, I think connecting with people in honest ways is much more my style.