For several years, Monsanto has been a member of Field to Market, an alliance of a diverse group of organizations across the agricultural supply chain. Organized and facilitated by the Keystone Center, the alliance is focused on creating opportunities for sustainable agriculture.
Some of the focus areas include meeting the needs of the present while enhancing the ability of future generations to meet their own needs; making agriculture more productive to meet future food demands; improving agriculture’s impact on the environment; improving human health; and enhancing the economic and social well-being of agricultural communities.
This past week, Field … Full Article »
Over the next four decades, food production will need to increase, enabling us to combat hunger, malnutrition and meet the needs of changing diets and a growing population. Our people remain committed to investing in agricultural systems that can sustainably support the demands of our growing planet—on the farm or at home.
America’s farmers are among the most productive and efficient in the world. They grow a food supply that is abundant and safe, and, for most American consumers, affordable. However, food insecurity is still a reality for many people in this country.
Rural America is no exception. Nearly 15 … Full Article »
By Brett Begemann
President and Chief Operating Officer
As a 30-year employee of Monsanto, nothing gives me more pride than seeing my company and the 21,000 people that work here recognized for the important work they do to help farmers produce more safe, affordable and nutritious food around the world.
It’s been really gratifying to see a host of recognitions lately. But, as I talk with our employees, the common theme I hear is they appreciate these important recognitions, but they know there is much more work to be done to help farmers produce more and conserve more every day.… Full Article »
By Sarah Vacek
Vistive Gold Product Manager
At Monsanto, we have been working for many years to reduce trans and saturated fat from one of the most widely consumed food ingredients: cooking oil.
Traditional cooking oil offers many benefits. It gives fried and baked foods their desired taste and texture and, when hydrogenated, increases the shelf life of processed foods. But, many of the cooking oils used today contain higher than recommended levels of saturated and trans fats, or, “bad” fats1.
Enter Vistive Gold high oleic soybeans. These soybeans can be processed into cooking oil with significantly … Full Article »
The monarch butterfly, an amazing species known for its annual migration across North America, has seen its numbers decline over the past few years. Scientists who’ve studied this think a number of factors are contributing to the decline, including the destruction of habitats in Mexico (where the butterflies spend the winter), weather events such as strong storms, extreme climatic changes, and a reduction in the number of “milkweed” plants in farmland across the Midwest.
While scientists are trying to determine how each of these factors is contributing to the decline and how to fix it, recent news coverage has focused … Full Article »
By Krishnu Senjaya
A Monsanto Fund program is transforming the remote community of Gunung Mas in Lampung, Indonesia, bringing clean water, public education and services to 1,200 people in need. Our partnership with the community, various levels of government and a farmers’ association help the community to improve its quality of life while shaping the village’s future.
“We worked with local and national governments, non-governmental organizations and community partners to establish trusting and mutually beneficial relationships. Taking time to understand the needs of communities first and then developing solutions together is critical to achieving success,” said Mauricio Amore, … Full Article »
By Trish Jordan
Sochi — All good things must come to an end.
I am on the road home from the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. Ten days ago, I started my Olympic journey, following a curling team and a sport I have grown to love.
As I travelled to Sochi last Saturday, I found myself reflecting on how I came to be on this road. Today, my thoughts turn to my experience here, the team and the family of Team Jennifer Jones (who – in case you have been living under a rock – is … Full Article »
By Trish Jordan
After a busy last couple of days in my 2014 Olympic Winter Games experience in Sochi, Russia, I was finally able to sleep in on Friday morning as the women’s Canadian curling team had a bye. Happy belated Valentine’s Day everyone!
It was great not to have to be down in the lobby of our hotel at our usual 7:30 am departure time. With the entire day ahead of us, we had a leisurely breakfast at the hotel and then a few of us decided to head to the outdoor market in Adler where we … Full Article »
By Trish Jordan
The past two days at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia have been jam packed. And for the first time since last Sunday I actually had something go wrong and found myself being a little disappointed in people. It wasn’t with the Russian people though, or with my traveling companions; they’ve all been great. My disappointment was with a Canadian.
Those of you who have been following my posts from Sochi will remember that Canada House serves as a home away from home for the families and friends of Canadian Olympians. You can’t … Full Article »
This week’s 2013 Global Biotech Crop Report from ISAAA highlights key milestones in adoption of GMO crops, as well as the expanding range of GMO benefits seen in both developing and industrialized countries. The agriculture industry continues to make great strides in enabling safe production of nutritious food in a sustainable manner, and biotechnology continues to be a valuable tool in these efforts.
ISAAA’s report updates some of the most important numbers for all of us: the numbers that demonstrate the proven safety record of GMO products. The truth of the matter is, no food product has been more thoroughly … Full Article »