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The World Food Prize – One Year Later Featured Article

By Dr. Robb Fraley
Chief Technology Officer

Somehow, some way, a year has passed since I was awarded the World Food Prize with Mary-Dell Chilton and Marc Van Montagu.  For me, the experience in Des Moines will always stand out as a career pinnacle.  But more important, it helped reset the discussion about the use of new tools and technologies in feeding a growing planet.

That reset started with the simple, fundamental fact that the three of us were chosen for the award.  In selecting the scientists who helped pioneer biotechnology, the World Food Prize made a bold and unambiguous … Full Article »

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Touching Lives and Saving Resources with Bt Cotton Featured Article

At Monsanto, we frequently discuss the impact of our work on food and animal feed supplies. However, there’s one crop that has an equally important but different impact on our lives – cotton.

Each day, billions of people around the world wake up, roll out of bed and put on clothes that reflect a piece of who we are. Many of these lives are touched each day – literally and figuratively – by cotton, which is grown on every habitable continent. From the sheets we sleep on to that favorite pair of blue jeans we take comfort in, the lint … Full Article »

GAP® Report Rekindles the Need to Grow Food More Sustainably Featured Article

By Jesus Madrazo
Vice President, Corporate Engagement
Chairman, Global Harvest Initiative Board of Directors

We’ve long known that farmers must produce nearly double as much food, fiber and fuel to meet the needs of 9 billion people by 2050. And as they also face the increasing impacts of climate change – drought, flooding, heat, and pests – it’s critical that we help them meet these challenges while also protecting our earth for generations to come.

Today, this need is underscored by the Global Harvest Initiative’s 5th annual Global Agriculture Productivity Report® (GAP Report), an annual benchmark of agricultural productivity … Full Article »

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The Fabric of Change Featured Article

The worlds of fashion and agriculture don’t often come together. But that’s exactly what happened when Monsanto’s team in Camaçari, Brazil, set out to reduce its impact on the environment.

Unemployment in the region is a very serious concern, especially for women, who only make up a small portion of the workforce today. Months ago, the women of Camaçari’s community center began a sewing and art project to help provide new job opportunities, thanks to local organizations that provided sewing machines and lessons.

When Monsanto learned of the project, we offered the women materials that we could not use – … Full Article »

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Monsanto and Vietnam University of Agriculture Collaborate to Develop Talents in Agricultural Biotechnology Featured Article

Monsanto has announced a pledge of VND 1.5 billion scholarship for outstanding students studying agricultural biotechnology. This scholarship aims to nurture and encourage the engagement of young talents in the development of agricultural biotechnology and products thereof to support farmers.

“Biotechnology is a promising branch of science in the 21st century, offering great possibilities in improving human lives in various ways. In agriculture, biotechnology has been proved to improve lives of over 18 million farmers around the world. The Government of Vietnam is determined in bringing and developing this technology in Vietnam, and has focused on developing physical and human capacity … Full Article »

Championing Diversity in Agriculture

Monsanto Australia and New Zealand were proud to participate in the inaugural Women in Australian Agribusiness National Forum held in Melbourne. The event gathered agricultural leaders, agribusinesses, media and influencers from across the country to highlight the crucial role women play in Australian agriculture.

Monsanto’s ANZ Entomologist, Kristen Knight, represented the company at the forum and gave a well-received speech at the event highlighting her positive experience of diversity at Monsanto and the company’s approach to attracting and retaining women employees.

Kristen said that Monsanto’s commitment to equal opportunity is driven by a belief that diversity is more than a … Full Article »

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Monsanto Honored for Persistent Efforts in Developing Vietnam’s Agriculture

Monsanto Vietnam has been named as one of the “Exemplary Companies in developing Vietnam’s Agriculture and Rural Economy 2011–2014” – a special recognition from the Rural Economy Newspaper, the Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. The List aims to recognize companies and individuals with long-term efforts and significant contributions to the development of Vietnam’s agriculture and rural economy.

“At Monsanto, we believe Improve Agriculture Improve Lives and are working hard to realize that vision through our 4Ps Pillar: Prosperity for farmers through Products-Practices-Partnerships. We are pleased this honor recognizes our commitment, but we know there is much more work … Full Article »

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A Look Back at SXSW Eco Featured Article

This week a few of my Monsanto colleagues and I attended SXSW Eco for the first time. It’s a conference that brings together a variety of people who all touch environmental topics and being in the midst of all those perspectives was a pretty amazing experience.

SXSW always hosts events with engaged participants who want to discuss important topics, and Eco is no different. We decided to attend the conference this year because, like other participants, we want to participate in the dialogue that inspires action toward addressing important challenges in our changing world.

Throughout the week, I had the … Full Article »

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Fatigued Driving is like Drunk Driving

By Annemieke De Wilde, MD, MPH, FACOEM Corporate Director Occupational Medicine

Oct. 6-10 is the National of Employees for Traffic Safety’s (NETS) Drive Safely Work Week. In recognition of this time focused on safe driving behaviors, a Monsanto employee discusses one of the greatest roadway risks – fatigue.

When the opportunity was presented to me to blog about fatigue and driving, I embraced this chance to share with you what I have learned over the years about fatigue. Fatigue as a result of sleep deprivation can kill or maim. It is that simple; or rather, that scary. So many of … Full Article »