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Monsanto Asia-Pacific Noted for Best Workplace Practices Featured Article

Monsanto Asia-Pacific won Bronze for ‘Best Workplace Practices’ at the 6th Annual Global CSR Summit & Awards 2014, held in Bali, Indonesia this month. The award recognized company’s purpose-driven, collaborative, grassroots culture; career growth & development approach & opportunities;  a well-built commitment to diversity; employee communications platforms; rewards & recognitions programs – which enable employees  to create shared value with farmers & society around improving agriculture, improves lives.

Three hundred companies were nominated for this year’s awards. Starhub Singapore won Platinum for Best Workplace Practices, and other winners included Maybank Asia Pacific for Provision of Literacy & Education, GAP for Women’s Empowerment, … Full Article »


By Orv Kimbrough
United Way of Greater St. Louis

What would it take to create a culture of service, a culture defined by what we give, rather than what we get? I believe this is a culture worth pursuing—one which, in some pockets of the community, already exists – and if nurtured more broadly has the potential to transform and impact more lives.

United Way of Greater St. Louis, in partnership with stl250 and sponsored by Monsanto, is helping facilitate a culture of service by uniting all generations to make our region strong through one million hours of volunteer service … Full Article »

The Future of the Fish Fry Featured Article

By Sarah Vacek
Vistive Gold Product Manager

For those who observe Lent – and the rest of us who just like the food – Fridays in the springtime means going to a fish fry, a fun tradition that brings family and friends together to enjoy a delicious meal.  The name gives it away, but it wouldn’t be a fish fry without fried food, with treats like french fries and hushpuppies most often accompanying the signature dish.

These foods taste great but can be high in “bad fats”¹ because of the cooking oil that’s used. But what if we could give … Full Article »

Volunteering with Monsanto Together Featured Article

By Deborah Patterson
Monsanto Fund 

What is a volunteer?  To me, a volunteer is someone who gives of themselves to benefit others and their community.  Volunteerism is a core value at Monsanto Company; senior leaders, managers, employees all find the time to give back to their community.  My team has the privilege of supporting our volunteers by connecting them to issues that they are passionate about, assisting with coordinating group volunteer activities, and providing service grants to the organizations where our employees donate their time.. Our volunteer program is named Monsanto Together because working together with the community we … Full Article »

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A Future Opportunity for Bee Health Featured Article

By Dr. Gregory Heck
Monsanto Company
For Bee Culture Magazine

Monsanto’s Dr. Greg Heck recently wrote an article for Bee Culture Magazine on a future opportunity in bee health – RNAi and what it could mean as a great addition to the toolbox of agricultural solutions.

“RNAi is used by plants, animals and fungi to read the information stored in their DNA and use it to develop actual physical characteristics, called ‘traits,’ he writes. “Our early farmer ancestors saw some of these traits as valuable and bred plants for those desirable qualities – without knowing, needless to say, that RNAi … Full Article »

Volunteering Makes a Big Difference in the Lives of People Featured Article

By Kelly Gast
Global Business Operations

This week is National Volunteer Week in the United States. What a wonderful way to highlight the good work of good people around the country! Volunteering is a big part of what I do. I’m currently co-chairing the United Way of Greater St. Louis campaign for Monsanto, I serve as the Treasurer for the Center for Women in Transition and I often seize other volunteer opportunities within the community.

I haven’t always given this much time, but an experience I had with a gentleman in the Philippines about four years ago sparked me to … Full Article »


The Ballot Initiative in Jackson County, Oregon Featured Article

By Lisa Drake
Government Affairs 

Like many companies, we often advocate for policies we think are sound, and oppose those we think are not.  And that advocacy sometimes includes support for campaigns about ballot initiatives. 

For instance, we recently were part of a coalition that opposed state ballot initiatives in California and Washington State that would have imposed complex and confusing requirements for the mandatory labeling of GMO foods.  We contributed a total of about $13.5 million to support coalitions that opposed these measures, while the total spent by those who shared our concerns was about $66 million. Like us, … Full Article »

David vs. Goliath On Stage? Featured Article

By Trish Jordan
Monsanto Canada

This past weekend, I attended a play.  You know, the on-stage kind with actors telling a story?

Making an effort to head to the theatre is not my traditional entertainment outing.  I am more into entertainment that involves curling, golf or football. But this play was different.  And important.

So off I ventured to Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and Canada’s National Arts Centre (@CanadasNAC), with my best farmer friends in tow (on their own dime I might add).

Why? Well, I was finally going to see the play that attempts to tell the story of the … Full Article »

Using sensory science to breed better produce Featured Article

By Chow-Ming Lee, Ph.D.
Global Consumer Sensory Lead – Monsanto Vegetable Seeds Division

Walking down the produce aisle, you likely pick your fruits and vegetables largely based on visual appeal. The color, shape and size all play a role in whether you decide to purchase a certain fruit or vegetable, but ultimately great taste is what will encourage you to buy the produce again. My job at Monsanto is to study the science behind how senses influence consumer preference.

As a sensory scientist, or taste scientist, I work closely with consumers to study their perceptions of fruits and vegetables. These … Full Article »

Academia: A Key Player in the Fight Against Corn Rootworm

By Dusty Post
Global Insect Management Lead

U.S. farmers face many risks each year when they put their seed in the ground, from adverse weather to insects.  As we’ve written about in past blog posts, corn rootworm is a devastating pest that can be challenging for farmers to manage.  It’s why Monsanto has committed millions of dollars to the Corn Rootworm Knowledge Program, to work with academics to enhance the collective understanding of the corn rootworm.

One of the past recipients of our Knowledge Program grants, Dr. Aaron Gassmann from Iowa State University, recently published a study in Proceedings … Full Article »