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 »
By Caroline Emde
Monsanto Europe Public Affairs
Technology isn’t the limiting factor in feeding a growing population, participants at The Economist’s Feeding the World conference said in London Thursday.
Technological solutions to dramatically increase farm productivity already exist, with even more under development, and range from more widespread use of high-yield hybrid seeds, to irrigation and use of fertilizers, among others. Instead, speakers pointed to different challenges in feeding the world: insufficient rural development, education and organization to effectively support millions of smallholder farmers; insufficient focus on nutrition; and political and trade barriers.
The conference brought together stakeholders ranging from … Full Article »
Eighteen Million Farmers in 27 Countries Chose Biotech Crops in 2013, Global Plantings Increase by 5 Million Hectares
The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA) today released a report showing that more than 18 million farmers in 27 countries planted biotech crops in 2013, reflecting a five million, or three percent, increase in global biotech crop hectarage. 2013 also marks the first-ever commercial plantings of drought-tolerant biotech maize in the United States.
Global biotech crop hectarage has increased from 1.7 million hectares in 1996 to over 175 million hectares in 2013. During this 18 year period, more … Full Article »
Today, The Economist Magazine is hosting Feeding the World 2014 in London, “to discuss how to accelerate progress in coordinating efforts to tackle the planet’s food security crisis.” Representatives of industry, government, charitable organizations, academia and aid agencies gathered to discuss an array of issues related to food security. Monsanto CEO Hugh Grant was one of the conference participants and speakers, being interviewed on stage by The Economist’s Emma Duncan.
As most conferences are these days, the event is being livetweeted. We captured a few of the tweets by Grant and others, to provide a glimpse into the conference’s overall … Full Article »
By Trish Jordan
Just when I thought I couldn’t possibly pack more into a day, my Day #2 at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia became one of my longest yet.
There was curling and NHL players and Elvis, oh my! And figure skating, coaches and bus trips that went awry. I got lost (with Carol Jones, mother of team Canada skip Jennifer Jones) and then found my way after pounding pavement for miles. Then I finished my day – well it was actually well into the night - with more walking and finally supper at … Full Article »
This weekend, young farmers and ranchers from around the country met in Virginia Beach, Virginia. I don’t fit the age qualifications nor am I a farmer or rancher. I get to come because we support some of the group’s leadership development programs. And it gives me an incredible opportunity to see & hear about what young farmers & ranchers are facing.
One of those young farmers who’s from the city originally — Lauren Arbogast from a few hours west in this beautiful state — wrote a blog post that touched on some of the subjects discussed yesterday.
City girl –
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