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Beyond the Rows is a Monsanto Company blog focused on one of the world’s most important industries, agriculture. Monsanto employees write about Monsanto’s business, the agriculture industry, and the farmer.
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Business Insider Report on Monsanto Vegetables Featured Article

Business Insider has published a video report on how Monsanto is using crossbreeding techniques to develop “all natural” vegetables and fruits, including BellaFina peppersBeneforte broccoli, and Melorange Melon.

The report is featured as part of the publication’s “Game Changers” series, and you can view the video at “This Radically Faster Crossbreeding Technique is Changing Agriculture.”… Full Article »

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Monsanto Leaders Inspire Young People in Vietnam to Engage in Food & Agriculture Featured Article

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The agricultural sector was, and continues to be, the driving force for Vietnam economic growth and the largest employer in Vietnam – employing half of the nation’s workforce. Thus, engaging and equipping young people with the right mindset and skills are an important part of Vietnam’s effort to advance and accelerate economic growth and agriculture. As a company committed  to engaging with society and developing talent and advocates for our industry, Monsanto executives engaged with 200 students on “Leadership, Purpose & Sustainability” in Hanoi at the National Economics University at a meeting organized by the … Full Article »

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Conversation at the Aspen Ideas Festival Featured Article

On Tuesday, three Monsanto executives spoke at the Aspen Ideas Festival, in an effort to engage in conversation with people of diverse perspectives about agriculture, climate change, sustainability, and other issues. 

Agriculture Innovation and the Promise of Biotechnology

President and COO Brett Begemann spoke about agriculture innovation. Advancements in biotechnology are transforming agriculture.  With the global population expected to grow to nine billion people by 2050, and people seeking more and better food, we must invest in innovation now.

To date, biotechnology in agriculture has contributed to economic growth around the world. Scientists in both the public and … Full Article »

Building Bridges Through Dialogue at the Aspen Ideas Festival Featured Article

Monsanto is pleased to be a sponsor of this year’s Aspen Ideas Festival, where thought leaders from around the globe and across many disciplines will take part in deep and rich discussion about a variety of challenges and opportunities facing society today.

We’re at Aspen for the same reason most people are here – to listen and engage with diverse perspectives on the ideas and issues that shape our lives and challenge our world.

We have big goals – creating enough food to feed our growing global population, making that food better, combating climate change, but we don’t have … Full Article »

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From Seed to Supermarket, Watermelon is Summertime’s Sweetest Treat Featured Article

By Alfredo Moreno
Technology Development

That’s right folks, summer is here! The season of picnics, pool parties and barbeques has officially begun, and these tasty times have the same sweet treat on their menu – watermelon. When temperatures rise, those looking to beat the heat, are grabbing huge slices of the cool, refreshing fruit.

Made up of 92-percent water, watermelon is a low-calorie, natural thirst quencher that’s jam-packed with lycopene, as well as Vitamins A and C, and other nutrients including potassium, fiber, magnesium, and calcium, too.

So how do watermelons get from seed to supermarket?

The process is actually … Full Article »

2014 Sustainable Yield Pledge Awards Featured Article

The 2014 Monsanto Sustainable Yield Pledge Awards ceremony on Friday honored the best of Monsanto employee efforts in sustainable agriculture.

With a global employee audience watching online and before a standing-room only crowd, the ceremony recognized winners in eight categories that highlight the positive impacts of Monsanto employees around the world.

“As I looked over the submissions for this year’s Sustainable Yield Pledge Awards, I was excited to see the impact our teams have around the world,” said Jesus Madrazo, Global Corporate Engagement Lead. “Whether we are helping bring clean drinking water to a village or collaborating with farmers and … Full Article »

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10 Questions About Honey Bees Featured Article

There is an increasing buzz around honey bees and other pollinators.  Honey bees are important to agriculture and our food supply and in honor of National Pollinator Week we’d like to take this opportunity to address some questions related to honey bees 

Question 1: Why are honey bees important to agriculture?

Think of your breakfast, lunch or dinner today. Did you know approximately 30 percent of all of the wonderful foods we have at our finger tips are brought to us by the relationship among beekeepers, honey bees and farmers? USDA estimates the value of honey bees on … Full Article »

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A Building Buzz for Bee Health Featured Article

By Jerry Hayes
Honey Bee Health Lead

Today marks the start of National Pollinator Week, an international celebration of the valuable service provided to us by bees, birds, bats and beetles. We depend on these pollinators for about one-third of the food we eat, including fruit, vegetables and nuts, so they’re well-deserving of our attention and support.

The honey bee in particular needs our help, with a phenomenon called Colony Collapse Disorder reducing bee numbers, and health of bee populations declining overall in recent years.  Monsanto and others have made important strides over the past year in helping to … Full Article »

Our Adoption Story Featured Article

By Robb Fraley
Chief Technology Officer

As we near Father’s Day, I often think of those really important topics of discussion you have when you and your significant other are getting serious — the topic of “kids.” My wife Laura and I had talked about adoption as a great way to eventually add to our future family. It was a strong possibility in the back of our minds as we moved forward with our wedding and new life together.

As newlyweds, we spent our first two years in San Francisco where I was doing my post-doc work and Laura worked … Full Article »

GMA Contests Legality of Vermont Labeling Law Featured Article

Yesterday, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and several other trade organizations filed suit to contest the legality of the recently enacted mandatory GM labeling law in Vermont. This had been expected since May, when the GMA announced it was considering legal action.

Monsanto believes a state-by-state patchwork of labeling laws will create confusion and uncertainty for consumers, and additionally would force consumers to pay more for the food they need.  We support the food industry’s decision to challenge the legality of the labeling law in Vermont, and we also support the Coalition for Safe Affordable Foods’ (CFSAF) position that … Full Article »