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Collaboration is the Key to New Developments in Vegetables

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By Marlin Edwards
Chief Technology Officer, Seminis

Edwards_Marlin_2I’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 our industry colleagues to have easy access to the latest and most innovative technology in the market and the ability to use such technology to develop products for sale under their own brands. It’s our goal to provide easy access to patented native traits and other technologies, for a reasonable royalty; thus allowing plant breeders, universities, public research institutions and companies with access to these innovations so that they can develop new vegetable varieties.

While we applaud a new initiative called the International Licensing Platform (ILP), Monsanto and its vegetable seeds business is currently not a member. We believe both the ILP and our new licensing program enable a technology exchange that will foster agricultural collaboration and innovation thereby increasing the variety and quality of vegetable seed products available to growers.

2 Responses to "Collaboration is the Key to New Developments in Vegetables"

  1. Your slick website is very misleading. In an earlier post, you had told a lady that your Round-Up Ready corn has the same nutritional value as naturally occurring non-GMO corn. What about the BT Toxin that is found in your genetically modified version? Instead of hiding GMO status for fear the public will (correctly) not buy your products, why don’t you make products that the majority of people actually want? Be like the Apple Store.

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