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Monsanto Leaders Inspire Young People in Vietnam to Engage in Food & Agriculture Featured Article

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The agricultural sector was, and continues to be, the driving force for Vietnam economic growth and the largest employer in Vietnam – employing half of the nation’s workforce. Thus, engaging and equipping young people with the right mindset and skills are an important part of Vietnam’s effort to advance and accelerate economic growth and agriculture. As a company committed  to engaging with society and developing talent and advocates for our industry, Monsanto executives engaged with 200 students on “Leadership, Purpose & Sustainability” in Hanoi at the National Economics University at a meeting organized by the … Full Article »

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Conversation at the Aspen Ideas Festival Featured Article

On Tuesday, three Monsanto executives spoke at the Aspen Ideas Festival, in an effort to engage in conversation with people of diverse perspectives about agriculture, climate change, sustainability, and other issues. 

Agriculture Innovation and the Promise of Biotechnology

President and COO Brett Begemann spoke about agriculture innovation. Advancements in biotechnology are transforming agriculture.  With the global population expected to grow to nine billion people by 2050, and people seeking more and better food, we must invest in innovation now.

To date, biotechnology in agriculture has contributed to economic growth around the world. Scientists in both the public and … Full Article »

Building Bridges Through Dialogue at the Aspen Ideas Festival Featured Article

Monsanto is pleased to be a sponsor of this year’s Aspen Ideas Festival, where thought leaders from around the globe and across many disciplines will take part in deep and rich discussion about a variety of challenges and opportunities facing society today.

We’re at Aspen for the same reason most people are here – to listen and engage with diverse perspectives on the ideas and issues that shape our lives and challenge our world.

We have big goals – creating enough food to feed our growing global population, making that food better, combating climate change, but we don’t have … Full Article »

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10 Questions About Honey Bees Featured Article

There is an increasing buzz around honey bees and other pollinators.  Honey bees are important to agriculture and our food supply and in honor of National Pollinator Week we’d like to take this opportunity to address some questions related to honey bees 

Question 1: Why are honey bees important to agriculture?

Think of your breakfast, lunch or dinner today. Did you know approximately 30 percent of all of the wonderful foods we have at our finger tips are brought to us by the relationship among beekeepers, honey bees and farmers? USDA estimates the value of honey bees on … Full Article »

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A Building Buzz for Bee Health Featured Article

By Jerry Hayes
Honey Bee Health Lead

Today marks the start of National Pollinator Week, an international celebration of the valuable service provided to us by bees, birds, bats and beetles. We depend on these pollinators for about one-third of the food we eat, including fruit, vegetables and nuts, so they’re well-deserving of our attention and support.

The honey bee in particular needs our help, with a phenomenon called Colony Collapse Disorder reducing bee numbers, and health of bee populations declining overall in recent years.  Monsanto and others have made important strides over the past year in helping to … Full Article »

GMA Contests Legality of Vermont Labeling Law Featured Article

Yesterday, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and several other trade organizations filed suit to contest the legality of the recently enacted mandatory GM labeling law in Vermont. This had been expected since May, when the GMA announced it was considering legal action.

Monsanto believes a state-by-state patchwork of labeling laws will create confusion and uncertainty for consumers, and additionally would force consumers to pay more for the food they need.  We support the food industry’s decision to challenge the legality of the labeling law in Vermont, and we also support the Coalition for Safe Affordable Foods’ (CFSAF) position that … Full Article »

Building Bridges through Dialogue Featured Article

Robb Fraley on stage with Chef Michael Chiarello and Cory Johnson of CoryTV at the Bloomberg Next Big thing Summit.

By Robb Fraley
Chief Technology Officer

Good collaboration and communication are just as important as good science. In that spirit, I’m focused this week on building bridges with others who share the goals of safe, sustainable and affordable food for all.

At Bloomberg’s Next Big Thing panel in Sausalito, California, I sat down with Cory Johnson of Bloomberg TV and Chef Michael Chiarello to talk about forming diverse partnerships in search of common food solutions. This is a critical discussion … Full Article »

Monsanto Korea Conducts Safety Training Session for Elementary School Students Featured Article

On May 30, Kim Young Kyun, Senior ESH Technician for Monsanto Korea and Japan, provided a safety training session to local elementary school students near the Jochiwon R&D Center. This school, located in a rural area, has only 67 students.

The program focused on safety in the children’s daily lives, both inside and outside of school. Some of the components of the program included:

  • Vehicle safety that students should keep in mind on their way to school
  • Why and how students should sit with good posture and the importance of stretching during and in between classes
  • Field safety required
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New rankings demonstrate Monsanto’s commitment to sustainability Featured Article

By Bob Reiter
Global Supply Chain Lead

Monsanto works every day to provide a range of tools to help farmers grow more food, using fewer resources and having less impact on the environment.  This work has resulted in recognition for Monsanto in three respected rankings of corporate sustainability.  We also know that there is more work to be done.

This week, Monsanto was ranked No. 68 on the Newsweek Green Rankings of 500 U.S.-based publicly traded companies.  This represents a substantial jump from Newsweek’s last ranking in 2012.  Earlier this year, Monsanto ranked No. 37 on the Corporate Knights’ 2014 … Full Article »

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What Monsanto’s Attic Says About Our People Featured Article

One of the more unusual parts of my job at Monsanto is managing the corporate archives. I have some help here – the archives are catalogued, sorted and stored at a local university in St. Louis. But most of what lands in the archives passes through my office, and my office often resembles an estate sale before the sales agent has everything organized.

At times I feel like I’m working in Monsanto’s attic.

Family members of deceased retirees often bring envelopes and boxes of materials for the archives, and sorting through them and determining what gets stored is often an … Full Article »