About “Beyond the Rows”

Beyond the Rows is a Monsanto Company blog focused on one of the world’s most important industries, agriculture. Monsanto employees write about Monsanto’s business, the agriculture industry, and the farmer.
[x] close

News and Views

Human Rights: From Farm to Fashion Featured Article

By Brian Lowry

Last month, I was fortunate to participate in a community event that explored human rights issues in virtually every step of cotton’s journey from seed to clothing. The event, “Human Rights: From Farm to Fashion,” was co-sponsored by Monsanto and six area universities and open to the public. More than 200 individuals, many of them college students, attended.

Puvan Selvanathan, a member of the United Nations Working Group on Business and Human Rights and the U.N. Human Rights Council, served as keynote speaker and master of ceremonies. The day featured presentations and discussions from more than a … Full Article »

The NPR/IQ2US Debate on GMOs Featured Article

On Dec. 3, Intelligence Squared U.S. (IQ2US) livestreamed a debate on GMOs. Monsanto’s Chief Technology Officer Dr. Robb Fraley and Alison Van Eenennaam, a genomics and biotechnology scientist at the University of California-Davis, argued the positive case for GMOs against Charles Benbrook, research professor at the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, and Margaret Mellon, a science policy consultant and former senior scientist for Union of Concerned Scientists.

IQ2US is a non-partisan, nonprofit organization founded in 2006 to restore civility, reasoned analysis and constructive public discourse to today’s often biased media landscape. IQ2US reaches millions through radio, television, live streaming, … Full Article »

120514 Conservation Tillage pic

Growing Food More Sustainably: Conservation Tillage to the Rescue Featured Article

By Carlos Vicente Alberto
Sustainability Lead, Europe & Middle East

In 1985, during my final project at the School of Agricultural Engineers in Madrid, I embarked on something that may still seem strange to those unfamiliar with agriculture: growing plants without soil. The idea was to design a farm producing chicory using hydroponics, something that my classmates found novel at the time.

Hydroponics research was no gimmick – multiple crops can be grown this way today. But the fact remains: we need high-quality soil to grow the vast majority of our food, and we need to protect and conserve … Full Article »

120314 Climate Smart Ag blog

Climate Change and Our Food: Global Perspective Featured Article

For most of us, climate change is hard to wrap our heads around.  We don’t see it in the daily weather report, even though the weather is more unpredictable these days.  It’s not apparent when we draw a glass of water or check items off our lists at the grocery store, even though it might be impacting availability of both fresh water and food.

Climate change is happening, though, and it’s posing new challenges that can impact our food supply and our quality of life.  Diplomats from around the world are discussing and debating potential solutions this week at the … Full Article »

E

Working Together to Feed the Future Featured Article

By Lisa Safarian
North America Business Lead

As a mom and a member of the team at Monsanto, I’m focused on food pretty much 24/7, whether it’s thinking about meals for my family or working with farmers to help produce better harvests.

That’s only compounded for me when we talk about our aspirations of helping make a balanced plate of healthy food accessible to the more than 9 billion people that will be on earth by 2050. I know it is nothing short of a huge challenge.

But what’s really exciting to me is that across the agriculture, food and … Full Article »

A

Improving Gender Equality in Agriculture Featured Article

By Julia Bailey,
Human Resources Lead, Australian & New Zealand

The recent Gender Equality Scorecard produced by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency shows that Australian organizations are failing to maximize female talent. The data tells an all too familiar tale – the gender pay gap sits at 19.9% for full time base remuneration while women hold only 26.1% of key management personnel (KMP) and make up just 17.3% of CEOs.

In agriculture, the statistics are not much better. Women still earn 18.2% less base remuneration than men, who also comprise 83.1% of KMP.

These results persist despite research showing that organizations … Full Article »

Setting the Record Straight About Roundup and Chronic Diseases Featured Article

A few reports keep circulating that blame the use of Roundup® branded herbicides, or glyphosate-based pesticides in general, for various chronic diseases. We’d like to set the record straight. We want you to know that consumer and farmer safety is critically important to us; and we’re confident that all of our registered herbicides pose no unreasonable risks when used according to label directions.

Why are we so confident? Glyphosate-based herbicides have a 40-year history of safe use and are supported by one of the most extensive worldwide human health, safety and environmental databases ever compiled for a pesticide product.

These … Full Article »

11.14.14 Vegetable stock photo

Collaboration is the Key to New Developments in Vegetables Featured Article

By Marlin Edwards
Chief Technology Officer, Seminis

I’m proud of our commitment to bring farmers around the world a broad range of agricultural solutions to help nourish our growing world but it’s clear that we can’t do this alone. That’s why, in addition to developing our own products, Monsanto seeks to partner and collaborate with others to foster the development of new products and solutions for growers. To help further progress towards these goals in our vegetable seeds business we are developing a new licensing program.

Monsanto has a long-standing, company-wide commitment to broadly license our patented traits and technologies. Licensing allows … Full Article »

M

Why are we suing Maui? Featured Article

In an extremely close vote last week, citizens of Maui in Hawaii voted to implement a moratorium on the planting of GM crops in their county. This decision, if enacted, will have an immediate effect on the longstanding, and safe, operations of Monsanto on the island.

The impact though goes far beyond our business and our more than 1,000 employees who live and work in Hawaii. It goes right to the heart of the work that will need to be done to help ensure a sustainable food supply as the earth’s population continues to grow.

This challenge to feed the … Full Article »

irrigation

Strong Partnerships Vital to Driving Sustainablity Breakthroughs Featured Article

By Kerry Preete
Executive Vice President, Global Strategy

On Nov. 6, I attended the World Water Summit in London, an event hosted by The Economist for the purpose of bringing together representatives from the private sector, NGOs and governments to discuss challenges related to global water use.

I was proud to share with the attendees some of the work we’re doing at Monsanto to help farmers produce enough food to nourish a growing planet while also freezing the footprint of agriculture.

But at the same time, I left London fully aware that there is so much left to do in confronting … Full Article »