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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 »

Setting the Record Straight on the “Monsanto Tribunal” Featured Article

By Nick Weber, Corporate Engagement

Over the past few days, you may have come across headlines referencing a “Monsanto Tribunal” at The Hague. A group of activists, led and organized by the Organic Consumers Association, plans to put Monsanto “on trial” for alleged crimes against nature and humanity. I’d like to take a moment to set a few things straight about this fake trial.

Monsanto respects others’ points of view, and we welcome the opportunity to have an open dialogue about agriculture and food production. However, this is not a real trial, and the results of this initiative have no … Full Article »

Pausing to Review Monsanto in 2015 Featured Article

By Nick, Corporate Engagement

Working at Monsanto, every day we are presented with a new project, new opportunity or new challenge.  As we’re bogged down in the daily grind of work, we tend to forget what our colleagues from all over the world have accomplished. As the calendar turned to December and as we begin to wrap up projects and look to the important work ahead in 2016, we thought we’d take some advice from Ferris Bueller: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” So, here are … Full Article »

The Data Revolution Will Help Us Bring Carbon Neutrality to the Farm Featured Article

By Robb Fraley

From communications and finance to entertainment, transportation and nearly every other industry, the data revolution has been rapidly reshaping the way we live.  And now, it has come to the farm.

Its arrival could turn out to be among the most significant of all. Because the data revolution in agriculture will do more than reshape the way we live – it will help us to grow food more sustainably.

That’s because it will help us deal with the very serious threat posed to the global environment and farmers all over the world by greenhouse gas emissions.  … Full Article »

Anik: Our Adoption Story Featured Article

Each November, Monsanto’s Family Network publishes an employee story in honor of National Adoption Month. Below, Adoption Network member Anik shares his story of how part of his family was formed through adoption. This year, Monsanto was also recognized as 18th on the “100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces for 2015” by the Dave Thomas Foundation. Anik also shares his experience of work-life balance at Monsanto during adoption and some of the key highlights as to why he considers Monsanto to be one of the 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces.

When I was growing up, I had a couple of friends who were adopted. … Full Article »

Changing the Conversation about STEM

Melissa Harper
VP of Global Talent Acquisition, Diversity & Inclusion

Did you know that about 70 percent of the people in agriculture’s work force hold jobs based in science, technology, engineering and math?  Data analysts, botanists, entomologists, agronomists, finance professionals and system engineers make up  just a few of the industry’s growing number of STEM-related jobs, particularly as digital agriculture and data science are becoming critical to feeding the world.

But there’s a problem. Not only do STEM-related roles make up the fastest-growing segment of the agribusiness work force, they are also some of the toughest positions to fill.

Why? … Full Article »