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Monsanto IT Helps Honor Flight Veterans Go Digital

“It makes me smile,” says Beth Martin, Monsanto Development Manager. “Using my skills to give back to those who sacrificed so much for us – that’s an incredible feeling.”

Monsanto Employees volunteering with Honor Flight

Martin, along with a small group of Monsanto IT volunteers, have been partnering with Greater St. Louis Honor Flight (GSLHF) using monthly evening work sessions to develop an administration application.  Through additional data entry parties, the group has helped Honor Flight fully transition to the new system. The admin app enables Honor Flight personnel to easily view and sort all veteran’s applications by a variety of … Full Article »

Transparency is Essential in Science Outreach and Advocacy Featured Article


Eric Sachs, Ph.D., 
Science and Policy Engagement Lead, Monsanto Company
@EricSachsPhD

Public and private sectors, together, have a role to play in communicating about science and technology to society.

Science is all around us.  It helps us tackle problems, examine risks and benefits, and identify new and better ways to do things.  Science also can enlighten us, bewilder us, and even scare us.

Communicating science is critically important but can be challenging.  Scientists can disagree and when presented with opposing viewpoints, the public can be confused or misled. Understanding complex scientific matters, such as whether GMOs have a place in … Full Article »

Achieving Sustainability in Agriculture Through Collaboration, Dialogue Featured Article

By Brett Begemann, President and Chief Operating Officer

Bringing people to the table is an important part of our mission at Monsanto. Whether it’s for a family dinner or a spirited conversation, we know great things can happen when people pull up a chair and dig in.

That’s why I was so pleased to be a part of the Economist’s recent Sustainability Summit in London, where about 200 thought leaders from businesses, nonprofit organizations and global governments gathered to talk about real solutions for a sustainable future.

It’s always inspiring to talk with groups from multiple nations, industries and perspectives … Full Article »

How do regulatory authorities assess the safety of pesticides?

By Steven Levine, Ph.D., Senior Science Fellow and Environmental Assessment Strategy Lead, Global Regulatory Sciences

Every season, for every field, farmers have to make more than 40 key decisions – all of which can make or break a harvest. Many of these decisions relate to crop protection, because at every stage of the growing season, seeds and plants are at risk from weeds, insects and diseases.

Crop protection tools, such as herbicides, insecticides and fungicides, known collectively as pesticides, play an essential role in a farmer’s ability to have a good harvest. At Monsanto, these tools represent an important … Full Article »

Glyphosate Residues: What Do We Know From Existing Data? Featured Article

You might have seen recent media reports that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is preparing to conduct testing on glyphosate residues in certain foods. We are confident that if FDA does move forward with this testing in a scientifically rigorous way, it will reaffirm the safe use of glyphosate as a vital tool effectively used by farmers, landowners and homeowners around the world.

Glyphosate is one of the most extensively studied agricultural products on the market, and the library of glyphosate data includes residue studies. In the United States, the EPA sets what is known as a tolerance, … Full Article »

Creativity Not Ideology Essential to Global Food Security

Are we truly willing to move past ideologies and embrace the best of human ingenuity and innovation?

By Dr Kristen Knight PhD, Entomologist, Monsanto Australia & New Zealand

The World Economic Forum at Davos is underway as I write [week of Jan 25., 2015].

A recent article from the Forum[1] caught my eye. It underlined the rapid technological innovation being driven by what it called our Fourth Industrial Revolution.

First: steam in the late 1700s. Then electricity in the late 1800s: followed by electronics in 1960s. We are now entering the fourth which the article says is all … Full Article »

Response to Benbrook’s Paper “Trends in Glyphosate Herbicide Use in the United States and Globally” Featured Article

Consistent with his previous papers, the latest from Charles Benbrook, titled “Trends in glyphosate herbicide use in the United States and globally,” omits important context and significantly misrepresents the safety of glyphosate-based herbicides. Unfortunately, the result will no doubt be another wave of unwarranted confusion and concern among consumers about an agricultural tool with a 40 year history of safe and effective use.

Most importantly, glyphosate safety is supported by one of the most extensive worldwide human health, crop residue and environmental databases ever compiled on a pesticide product. In evaluations spanning four decades, the overwhelming conclusion of experts worldwide Full Article »

Digging in to a Dialogue Can Reveal Hidden Common Ground Featured Article

By Robb Fraley, Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer

Sometimes the differences between those who support genetic modification in agriculture and those who criticize it are exaggerated. There’s often more common ground than is recognized. That truth was in evidence when I engaged in a “debate” that was more like a friendly discussion with Jennifer Kuzma, distinguished professor and co-director of the Genetic Engineering and Society at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C. In an appearance at the Washington, D.C.-based Cato Institute, which you can watch here, you see that we agreed on some very basic … Full Article »

Monsanto takes legal action to prevent flawed listing of glyphosate under California’s Prop 65 Featured Article

Prop 65 listing would be based solely on erroneous IARC classification, would contradict agency’s own 2007 assessment, and would defy scientific conclusions of U.S. EPA and regulators around the world

Monsanto Company is taking legal action to prevent a flawed listing of the herbicide glyphosate under California’s Proposition 65 (Prop 65), which requires the state to maintain a “list of chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer.”  The listing of glyphosate would be flawed and baseless because glyphosate does not cause cancer, as has been concluded by the U.S. EPA, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and … Full Article »

Disruptive Innovation in Higher Education Summit: Strengthening the STEM Ecosystem

By Dan Jenkins, U.S. Agency Regulatory Affairs Lead

Earlier this year, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack proclaimed that “There is incredible opportunity for highly-skilled jobs in agriculture.” He was referring to a report by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Purdue University, which showed significant demand for recent college graduates with agriculture-related degrees. Specifically, the report estimates there are 57,900 openings in the U.S. annually in related fields – food, agriculture, natural resources and environment – but only 35,400 qualified U.S. graduates annually. That’s 22,500 unfilled roles annually.

What can be done to close this gap? One initiative underway … Full Article »