By Dr. Jamis Perrett
Regulatory Science Statistics Center
As both a statistician and adjunct statistics professor I occasionally come across “studies” that have misused data and reached inaccurate conclusions by graphing what appears to be a cause and effect relationship between two variables.
Unfortunately, it is not difficult to show a trend (correlation) by graphing data and then lead the reader to the impression that a cause-and-effect relationship exists – or that one of the variables in some way influenced the other variable (causation). While causation is certainly true in some situations, there are many instances where the apparent causal … Full Article »
By Glynn Young
Online Communications Team
Almost two years ago, I happened to mention to Jerry Hayes, business director for Beeologics, that I was doing some home garden renovation.
“Monarda,” he replied.
“What?” I asked.
“Monarda, he repeated. “Plant some. It’s flourishes in Missouri and it’s great for honey bees, not to mention other pollinators.”
Jerry knows what he’s talking about, so I went to the local nursery a few blocks form my house and asked for Monarda. They had it. I bought two plants in six-inch pots.
Today I have a five-foot section of Monarda that bursts into a … Full Article »
By Martha Schlicher
International Women’s Day was established to promote progress and equality for women in all walks of life and all fields. Agriculture is one area where the contributions of women are widespread, critically important and rapidly growing. Yet, these contributions also are not as well-known or appreciated as they should be.
More than half of the world’s food is produced by women, and an estimated 1.6 billion women depend on agriculture for their families’ livelihoods. This includes an estimated 1 million female farmers in the U.S., and millions more globally – many of whom are smallholder … Full Article »
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 in some farms 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. … 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 »
When you look at a pepper, what do you think about? What do you see?
I still remember vividly the first meeting I was in where a bowl of bell peppers was passed around and people bit into them like apples! I was still thinking of bell peppers as the kind of things my mom cooked in spaghetti sauce.
Coworkers handed me the red, orange and yellow produce and encouraged me to try it. I wasn’t sure I wanted to bite that off, but then I looked around and several others were doing it. Seemed like it was worth a … 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 »