Ever wonder why Monsanto and its vegetable seed brands Seminis and De Ruiter use patents or Plant Variety Protection (PVP) certificates to protect its vegetable seed products? Here’s some information to help you understand why.
But first, a few facts on Patents and PVPs:
- Patents on vegetables are no different than other patents. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) defines a patent as a property right granted by the Government of the United States of America to an inventor “to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the invention throughout the United States or importing
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By Brian Russell
Corporate Engagement Team
Over the past 10 years, rainfall distribution has changed in Conselice, in the north of Italy. A region that typically has plenty of available water has found itself struggling during recent summers. Irrigation, which has never been a cornerstone of local agriculture, has become a necessity.
In 2012, corn yield in this area was very low due to the severe drought summer season, achieving an average of only 0.7 t/ha.
Alessandro Petitoni and his family are acutely aware of this. Petitoni and his family have managed La Speranza farm since 1990. The farm, founded … Full Article »
Erasmus students, through the University of Almería, recently had the opportunity to visit the Monsanto Vegetable Research Centre in El Ejido (Almería, Spain), where they toured the site’s vegetable research operations.
Upon arrival, they received information about relevant R&D facts and figures and, were able to learn about Monsanto research sites in Spain, part of the company’s European region.
They also received information about R&D projects in crops like, tomato, cucumber, pepper or melon, together with technologies developed on cell biology. Then, students joined a tour thought the research facilities including pathology laboratory and greenhouses.
The visit took place within … Full Article »
For several years, Monsanto has been a member of Field to Market, an alliance of a diverse group of organizations across the agricultural supply chain. Organized and facilitated by the Keystone Center, the alliance is focused on creating opportunities for sustainable agriculture.
Some of the focus areas include meeting the needs of the present while enhancing the ability of future generations to meet their own needs; making agriculture more productive to meet future food demands; improving agriculture’s impact on the environment; improving human health; and enhancing the economic and social well-being of agricultural communities.
This past week, Field … Full Article »
Over the next four decades, food production will need to increase, enabling us to combat hunger, malnutrition and meet the needs of changing diets and a growing population. Our people remain committed to investing in agricultural systems that can sustainably support the demands of our growing planet—on the farm or at home.
America’s farmers are among the most productive and efficient in the world. They grow a food supply that is abundant and safe, and, for most American consumers, affordable. However, food insecurity is still a reality for many people in this country.
Rural America is no exception. Nearly 15 … Full Article »
By Brett Begemann
President and Chief Operating Officer
As a 30-year employee of Monsanto, nothing gives me more pride than seeing my company and the 21,000 people that work here recognized for the important work they do to help farmers produce more safe, affordable and nutritious food around the world.
It’s been really gratifying to see a host of recognitions lately. But, as I talk with our employees, the common theme I hear is they appreciate these important recognitions, but they know there is much more work to be done to help farmers produce more and conserve more every day.… Full Article »
By Sarah Vacek
Vistive Gold Product Manager
At Monsanto, we have been working for many years to reduce trans and saturated fat from one of the most widely consumed food ingredients: cooking oil.
Traditional cooking oil offers many benefits. It gives fried and baked foods their desired taste and texture and, when hydrogenated, increases the shelf life of processed foods. But, many of the cooking oils used today contain higher than recommended levels of saturated and trans fats, or, “bad” fats1.
Enter Vistive Gold high oleic soybeans. These soybeans can be processed into cooking oil with significantly … Full Article »
The monarch butterfly, an amazing species known for its annual migration across North America, has seen its numbers decline over the past few years. Scientists who’ve studied this think a number of factors are contributing to the decline, including the destruction of habitats in Mexico (where the butterflies spend the winter), weather events such as strong storms, extreme climatic changes, and a reduction in the number of “milkweed” plants in farmland across the Midwest.
While scientists are trying to determine how each of these factors is contributing to the decline and how to fix it, recent news coverage has focused … Full Article »
By Krishnu Senjaya
A Monsanto Fund program is transforming the remote community of Gunung Mas in Lampung, Indonesia, bringing clean water, public education and services to 1,200 people in need. Our partnership with the community, various levels of government and a farmers’ association help the community to improve its quality of life while shaping the village’s future.
“We worked with local and national governments, non-governmental organizations and community partners to establish trusting and mutually beneficial relationships. Taking time to understand the needs of communities first and then developing solutions together is critical to achieving success,” said Mauricio Amore, … Full Article »
By Trish Jordan
Sochi — All good things must come to an end.
I am on the road home from the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. Ten days ago, I started my Olympic journey, following a curling team and a sport I have grown to love.
As I travelled to Sochi last Saturday, I found myself reflecting on how I came to be on this road. Today, my thoughts turn to my experience here, the team and the family of Team Jennifer Jones (who – in case you have been living under a rock – is … Full Article »