By Dr. Margaret Zeigler
Global Harvest Initiative
The May 21, 2013, Chicago Council Global Food Security Symposium brought government, business, and civil society leaders together to capitalize on the power of connecting science, trade, and business to end hunger and poverty. At Global Harvest Initiative, these concepts are woven into our policy and investment priorities that can improve productivity throughout the value chain and sustainably meet the demands of a growing world.
The application of new and existing technologies across the agricultural value chain is a significant factor in raising agricultural productivity. Science-based technology, such as seed and fertilizer, … Full Article »
Today, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs is hosting the Global Food Security Symposium in Washington, D.C., “to urge US leadership in mobilizing science, increasing trade, and capitalizing on the power of business to meet future food demand.”
At the meeting, the Council has released a report, Advancing Global Food Security: The Power of Science, Trade, and Business (PDF). The report includes four broad policy recommendations and some 21 specific action steps, including:
- Appoint the Vice President to lead the whole-of-government approach for food security, and, in this role, to chair a National Science Commission on Global Food Security.
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This week, I have the opportunity to be a fly on the wall in a place where some incredible minds are going to discuss global challenges regarding food production. The Global Food Security Symposium 2013, hosted by The Chicago Council, will “urge U.S. leadership in mobilizing science, increasing trade and capitalizing on the power of business to meet future food demand.” A topic this big requires a broad range of people to be engaged, and that’s exactly who will be in the room — leaders from science, government, business and civil society.
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Nearly 15 percent of rural households in America are regularly without food. That’s three million households in the areas where most of America’s food is grown. Monsanto has teamed up with the Howard Buffett Foundation, Archer Daniels Midland and Feeding America to fight rural hunger with Invest an Acre.
This infographic provides information about the program. More details (and a video) can be found at Monsanto.com.
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The news comes like this kind of news usually does today – someone sends an email, or forwards a message, or perhaps even makes a phone call. In this case, I received an email last Friday saying that Robert Berra had died in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Not many people working at Monsanto today will remember Bob Berra – many of them were children in grade school when he retired from the company then called Monsanto. But what he accomplished while he was here is still very much with us today, long after spin-offs, acquisitions, being acquired, and being spun-off. The … Full Article »
Cookbook by Food & Water Watch and Reuters.
Recipe: “Biotech Ambassadors: Diplomacy or Marketing” by Food & Water Watch
Ingredients: Wikileaks reports that were released in 2010 and reported on ad nauseam for months in 2011.
Instructions: Marinate for 3 years; repackage in a newish looking report replete with anti-biotech and anti-Monsanto dogma; finish with wire service report that neglects to inform readers that this is old news.
Serves: Food & Water Watch.
What Monsanto provided to the Reuters reporter: “We are aware of Wikileaks reports which were released in 2010 that mention … Full Article »
By David Carpintero
Last month, the European Crop Protection Agency (ECPA) organized its second “Hungry for Change” conference in Brussels, bringing together nearly 250 people to discuss progress since the first Hungry for Change conference in late 2011. Representatives of key public, private, academic and non-governmental organizations engaged in discussions to drive forward development and understanding of sustainable practices.
A short plenary session was followed by four break-out discussions focusing on Biodiversity, Food, Health and Water. David Carpintero, Monsanto Corporate Affairs lead for Crop Protection in Europe and also co-lead of the biodiversity stream at ECPA, opened … Full Article »
In a unanimous ruling delivered today, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed its support for protecting U.S. innovations that are a critical part of supporting the world’s growing needs. The case, Bowman v. Monsanto, centered on the protection of intellectual property and its outcome was crucial for innovations that deliver benefits to millions of Americans.
The Supreme Court’s decision affirms the basic purpose of the U.S. patent system – providing an incentive to innovate by providing inventors a meaningful opportunity to recover costs on their R&D investments. The decision also reflects the Court’s sensitivity to the importance of patent protection … Full Article »
By Chandler Mazour
Gothenburg Water Utilization Center
As I reflect on the Robert G Daugherty Water for Food Conference held last week in Lincoln, NE, it’s difficult to boil my thoughts down. There are so many challenges and opportunities with water, even if we’re only thinking of water for food. For me, there are two key takeaways from the three-day, information-packed conference.
First, extension-type efforts to create and teach water efficient cropping systems will be critical in the future. Second, and just as important, the emerging solutions on the ground, including those in development and those not even thought of … Full Article »
On Friday morning, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Inspection Service (APHIS) issued a statement of its intent to prepare two environmental impact statements (EIS) regarding the regulatory status of Dicamba-tolerant and 2,4D-tolerant crops.
Here’s Monsanto’s statement:
Monsanto to Cooperate With USDA on EIS for Next-Generation Dicamba Weed-Control Technologies, Remains Focused On Bringing New Benefits to U.S. Farmers (May 10, 2013)
Monsanto said today that it will cooperate with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) as it prepares an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the company’s next-generation dicamba weed management … Full Article »