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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.
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Sharing Monsanto’s point of view on diversity, Vermont lawsuit Featured Article

Sometimes, the things you don’t know surprise you.  And we realize that’s often true about Monsanto.

For instance, many folks don’t know that diversity and inclusion are bedrock pillars of how Monsanto operates and lives our commitment to human rights, dignity and respect.  As a company focused on collaborating with others to help tackle the challenges of sustainability, nutrition and climate change, we believe that the best ideas and innovations are the result of collaboration, teamwork, dialogue and respect.  To put it plainly: Diversity is a foundation of both who we are and how we do business.

Diversity and inclusion … Full Article »

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Melbourne Hosts Inaugural ‘Tomato Innovation Day’ Featured Article

More than 80 growers, suppliers, retailers and educators from across Australia and New Zealand descended on Melbourne for the inaugural De Ruiter™ Living Proof Tomato Innovation Day in Melbourne.

In a first-of-its kind event for Monsanto Australia, attendees were treated to a hands-on, interactive experience that demonstrated how De Ruiter’s™ proven performance, next generation technology and leading products can support and grow their operations.

Monsanto’s Vegetables Commercial Lead for Australia and New Zealand, Rachel Palumbo, said the event was a resounding success and showcased the company’s expertise and passion for producing tasty and nutritious food.

“Through sessions on rootstock utilization, global … Full Article »

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About Business, Climate change, Actions and Agriculture Featured Article

By Gabriela Burian
Global Lead, Sustainable Agriculture Environment

“Climate change threatens irreversible and dangerous impacts, but options exist to limit its effects.”

That’s the headline on the concluding installment of the most recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), published just this past Nov. 2. And if ever there was a good news/bad news message, I think you’d have to say that’s it.

It was to try to find the opportunities for good news that Hugh Grant, our chairman and CEO, and I went to Atlanta in the first week of November for the annual meeting of … Full Article »

Fostering Critical Collaborations To Feed A Growing World Featured Article

By Maureen Mazurek
Sustainability Operations Lead

All of us involved in the challenge of feeding a growing world sustainably know that the only way we will succeed is through collaboration. How thrilling, then, that a large delegation from Monsanto was able to participate in September in New York at the 10th Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting — which convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.

Our company has participated in CGI before, but this year we clearly took our role to a higher level. And I’m excited about the growing … Full Article »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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From Seed to Oven: Farm Program Teaches Students about the Life Cycle of Pizza Ingredients Featured Article

Most people in North America are more than three generations removed from the farm. Ag in the Classroom (AITC) and the Government of Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture implemented a creative program to provide elementary students with a better understanding of where their food originates. Last year, 350 students in Yorkton, Canada, learned how to truly make a pizza from scratch through the Pizza Farm program, hosted by Monsanto.

During third grade, as part of the curriculum with AITC, students visit the farm in June to plant all of the ingredients used to make a pizza, including wheat, tomatoes, peppers, onions, … Full Article »

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Some of the Best Conversations Happen In The Field Featured Article

Lisa Safarian, North America Commercial Lead

When I’m not talking to growers, I’m often on the sidelines of a baseball diamond somewhere in the Midwest cheering on my son and his team.

Recently, one afternoon at the baseball field, another mom and I were catching up and she mentioned she’d been reading a lot about Monsanto online. I could tell from the look on her face she was surprised and puzzled.

“How can you work at such a place,” she asked. “I mean…I know you. Why is it that what I read about your company online is so different … Full Article »

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2014 Election Results and Impact Featured Article

On November 4th, voters across the United States cast their ballots for the mid-term elections for federal, state and local candidate’s races.

In Maui County, Hawaii, voters passed an initiative that proposed a moratorium on the development, farming and cultivation of genetically engineered crops in their county. Like many others, we’re concerned about the potential consequences of this ban for the County and for farming in Hawaii. If enacted, it will hurt the local economy, as well as local farmers and home gardeners. We believe that people should be free to plant the seeds of their own choice whether those … Full Article »