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Pausing to Review Monsanto in 2015

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By Nick, Corporate Engagement

Working at Monsanto, every day we are presented with a new project, new opportunity or new challenge.  As we’re bogged down in the daily grind of work, we tend to forget what our colleagues from all over the world have accomplished. As the calendar turned to December and as we begin to wrap up projects and look to the important work ahead in 2016, we thought we’d take some advice from Ferris Bueller: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” So, here are some highlights of the work that Monsanto is most proud in 2015.


Just this week, in the effort to help fight climate change, Monsanto announced it will make its operations carbon neutral by 2021.  This is a really big deal, as climate change is one of the biggest issues agriculture faces around the world. We’re starting by doing our part in our business, and we know that farmers will be part of the solution. This announcement builds on our pledge in October to join 80 businesses in the White House’s American Business Act on Climate Pledge.

Throughout the year, our company has made concerted efforts to reach more audiences. Traditionally, we’ve been focused on farmers and investors. That’s not enough. We realize more people are interested in where and how their food is produced and by whom—and

that’s great. As a seed company, we know we are part of the food chain, the connection for farmers who grow our food. So, late last year, we launched a new website, discover.monsanto.com, to tell more consumers who we are and what we do, and also give them the opportunity to ask us questions. We always invite a good discussion, so please visit the Conversation if you want to ask a question.

Our business isn’t successful without our customers: farmers. Our teams work hard to earn their business each planting season. We do so by bringing innovative product offerings, such as next-generation soybeans (Intacta RR2 PRO) for Brazilian farmers, which are helping them minimize pesticide applications. For our U.S. customers, we’ve expanded our Climate Corporation product line, helping farmers use tools to help them make better decisions on their farms.

Milkweed_Planting-15In March, we committed to support monarch research, education and habitat restoration, with a commitment of $4 million over the next three years. We know it takes more than money to make inroads, so we have several Monsanto scientists collaborating with monarch experts to help.

We also planted milkweed on our St. Louis campuses and watched the Monarch migration this year.

As an agriculture company, we are rooted in science. We think it’s extremely important to encourage young people to participate in the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). In April, we announced a 3-year, $600,000 commitment to sponsor the FIRST Championship, a robotic design competition for students. In addition, we have several women scientists at Monsanto working on increasing the interest of young women in the fields of STEM.

As so many of us here at Monsanto can attest to, our company continues its deep commitment to diversity, inclusion and human rights. In fact, this year Monsanto Signed on to Human Rights Campaign Equality Pledge to strengthen support for diversity and inclusion for all, including the  lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in the United States. We know about Monsanto’s incredible record in this space, but it’s great to see Monsanto recognized thrMonsanto Singapore Employees banner
oughout the year by third-party organizations as a great place to work around the world. In total, we received 44 employer-of-choice awards, with five of those related to minorities or diversity. Here are a few:

Like many companies, Monsanto donates time, money and effort to support local causes. Here are a few to note:


Borlaug poster 6.11.14 external Smithsonian






2015 has been an important year for Monsanto, and we surely missed a few milestones from our colleagues around the world. We can only hope our 2016 is as exciting and full of accomplishments as 2015!

7 Responses to "Pausing to Review Monsanto in 2015"

  1. Hello,

    First of all, I apologize for my broken English if I’m not the right place for you to share this information.
    This is an initiative of the anti-GM movement and anti-European Conventional agriculture but globalist aims.
    Arbitrary initiative that is somewhat reminiscent of the dark periods of history and obscurantist.

    Best regards

  2. Monsanto where do you see your self in 10 years? 20? 50? Conventional agriculture will fail if it does’t change. It is like you have your soils on an IV drip. This is not sustainable.

  3. Article as to what Monsanto is doing/planning to do,is worth reading.However in Karnatak India,there has been lots of grievances,against B.t cotton new pest,what;s Mon.doing on this.?

    • Hi Gokhale,
      Bollgard® and Bollgard® II in-the-seed trait technologies provide cotton plants in-built insect protection against bollworms infestation with a very target specific protein. The technology is effective only against specific types of Bollworms that are known to cause maximum yield loss and economic damage to the cotton crop.

      The Kharif 2015 cotton growing season in North India has witnessed extended dry spells which has created a favorable environment for unprecedented whitefly infestation. Currently there are no approved agriculture biotechnology solutions to counter the infestation of whiteflies. The recommended solution for farmers is spraying of approved pesticides.

      As a leading technology company, Mahyco Monsanto Biotech (India) Pvt. Ltd. (MMB) remains committed to working closely with farmers and developing new high-performing products to provide a wider choice of insect-control technologies

  4. The only way to determine milkweed sufficiency in Texas is determine how much is left after monarchs have moved north to the summer breeding grounds. I video documented milkweed along the I-35 corridor as depicted on the map at the following link. https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer… I video verified the location of milkweed documented and found milkweed was continuous and abundant demonstrating sufficient milkweed for the current population of monarchs and a surplus of milkweed for future growth of the population coming out of Mexico in the spring. My results were further supported by the USDA/NRCS in their report determining there is ample milkweed in Texas,Oklahoma, and Kansas to feed monarchs returning from Mexico. Fire ants are starting to be recognized as a culprit in monarch recovery. Here’s the link to the map with a video at each balloon. https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer… Google USDA/NRCS monarch final, Open the PDF and go down to page 10 to read the USDA/NRCS U S Fish and Wildlife conclusions outlining ample milkweed and fire ant predation. file:///home/chronos/u-47705f40b3739a6af100c5ce042113f938348e38/Downloads/MonarchHabitatStrategy_FINAL(edits_after_distribution)%20(10).pdf

    Of Monarchs & Milkweed | Top Stories | Sombrilla | Spring 2016 | UTSA | The University of Texas at San Antonio


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