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The World Food Prize – One Year Later Featured Article

By Dr. Robb Fraley
Chief Technology Officer

Somehow, some way, a year has passed since I was awarded the World Food Prize with Mary-Dell Chilton and Marc Van Montagu.  For me, the experience in Des Moines will always stand out as a career pinnacle.  But more important, it helped reset the discussion about the use of new tools and technologies in feeding a growing planet.

That reset started with the simple, fundamental fact that the three of us were chosen for the award.  In selecting the scientists who helped pioneer biotechnology, the World Food Prize made a bold and unambiguous … Full Article »

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Touching Lives and Saving Resources with Bt Cotton Featured Article

At Monsanto, we frequently discuss the impact of our work on food and animal feed supplies. However, there’s one crop that has an equally important but different impact on our lives – cotton.

Each day, billions of people around the world wake up, roll out of bed and put on clothes that reflect a piece of who we are. Many of these lives are touched each day – literally and figuratively – by cotton, which is grown on every habitable continent. From the sheets we sleep on to that favorite pair of blue jeans we take comfort in, the lint … Full Article »

Working Together To Strengthen Our Communities

By Al Mitchell, Monsanto Assistant Controller

A native of St. Louis, I am lucky to have spent a fair amount of my teenage years growing up in Ferguson, Missouri.

It was a really incredible place to be a kid – and sometimes it feels like only yesterday that my friends and I were ripping around town on our bikes, playing the pinball machines at the arcade in Northland Shopping Center, playing pick-up basketball at Wayside Park, or grabbing an ice cream at Velvet Freeze on the way home from visiting friends and family whom lived in the city of St. … Full Article »

Supporting a Federal Approach to Food Labeling Featured Article

This November citizens in Colorado will be asked to vote on a ballot initiative called Proposition 105 that would require warning labels on thousands of food products that include an ingredient from genetically modified (GM) crops.  Like recent California and Washington state labeling initiatives, which voters rejected, Proposition 105 would mandate a special interest requirement that will increase food costs for taxpayers without providing any safety or nutritional benefits.  Many who support these labeling measures call them ‘right-to-know’ initiatives.  We stand with millions across the U.S. who believe everyone has the right to know more about these measures and whether … Full Article »

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New Programs Take Different Paths to Support Collaboration and Education Featured Article

Education and collaboration go hand in hand. We at Monsanto depend on a wide range of universities, organizations and other partners as we work together to help feed a growing population in a more sustainable manner. And we know the importance of fostering the next generation of farmers, researchers and scientists as well.

Our support of education and collaborative partners takes many forms. We recently announced two initiatives that support education in very different ways. We’re excited about the potential of both of these programs to advance critical research and to help hone the skills of tomorrow’s leaders in STEM … Full Article »

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Update to USDA Investigation of 2013 Oregon Detection of Genetically Engineered Wheat Featured Article

Today the USDA officially closed its investigation of the detection of Genetically Engineered (GE) wheat in Oregon with the conclusion that there was no GE wheat that had made it into commerce. There are also no food safety concerns associated with the GE wheat found in Oregon. See the full comments below.

USDA’s report is welcome news for U.S. wheat industry

Today’s report by the USDA affirms that no genetically modified wheat is in commerce and that the commercial seed and grain supply does not contain genetically modified wheat. This finding is supported by extensive testing by USDA, state universities, Monsanto and others. The … Full Article »

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Digging Into Vegetables from Seed to Supermarket to Saute Pan Featured Article

By Wendy Reinhardt Kapsak, MS, RDN, Monsanto Vegetable Seeds

“I just ate 400 tomatoes!” Eat tomatoes, we did…along with so much more. We had the pleasure to host a group of food and nutrition professionals who got “hands-on” at our Vegetable Seeds Research and Development headquarters in Woodland, California. As a food and nutrition professional myself, specifically as a registered dietitian/nutritionist now working in an agricultural company, I was so excited to share more about what we are working on everyday to make sure vegetables are not only available but also appealing to us all.

As a part of … Full Article »

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Reaching More with Farm Safety Featured Article

Monsanto is a proud sponsor of NECAS’s National Farm Safety and Health Week, September 21-27. As a part of it, Monsanto employees are sharing why safety in agriculture is important. For more farm safety information, check out the Growing Safely video series on the Monsanto YouTube Channel here.

 

By Ken Mathias

I lead Monsanto’s North America Environmental Safety and Health (ES&H) team. My team started attending the annual Farm Progress Show five years ago. Each year, it provides a great platform to discuss safety.

I always meet people who have a story to tell.  I’ve met farmers … Full Article »

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Talking with Filipino Students on Sustainability & Careers Featured Article

Cherie Ocampo, Monsanto Philippines Human Resources

Monsanto Philippines employees recently spoke with 700 college students from the Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU), one of the top state universities in the Philippines. The seminar, “Monsanto & the Work that We Do,” focused on sustainability, food, partnerships and career building.

Members from the Monsanto Philippines Leadership Team talked with MMSU’s students and faculty members on the challenges and solutions to achieve global food and agriculture sustainability; the role of farmers, better seeds, plant biotechnology products and crop management practices to produce better food using fewer natural resources; the need for new partnerships … Full Article »

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Expanding the Boundaries of Collaboration Featured Article

By Hugh Grant
Chairman and CEO, Monsanto

The power of collaboration can’t be underestimated.  Nor can the importance of events that serve as catalysts for bringing together new and unlikely groups, like the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI).  We at Monsanto are looking forward to being part of the CGI’s annual meeting in New York Sept. 21-Sept. 24, and to exploring opportunities to further our efforts with others to address some of society’s greatest challenges. CGI has a unique operational model for a nonprofit.

Instead of pursuing projects on its own, it facilitates action by helping members connect, collaborate, and make … Full Article »