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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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2014 Sustainable Yield Pledge Awards Featured Article

The 2014 Monsanto Sustainable Yield Pledge Awards ceremony on Friday honored the best of Monsanto employee efforts in sustainable agriculture.

With a global employee audience watching online and before a standing-room only crowd, the ceremony recognized winners in eight categories that highlight the positive impacts of Monsanto employees around the world.

“As I looked over the submissions for this year’s Sustainable Yield Pledge Awards, I was excited to see the impact our teams have around the world,” said Jesus Madrazo, Global Corporate Engagement Lead. “Whether we are helping bring clean drinking water to a village or collaborating with farmers and … 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 »

Our Adoption Story Featured Article

By Robb Fraley
Chief Technology Officer

As we near Father’s Day, I often think of those really important topics of discussion you have when you and your significant other are getting serious — the topic of “kids.” My wife Laura and I had talked about adoption as a great way to eventually add to our future family. It was a strong possibility in the back of our minds as we moved forward with our wedding and new life together.

As newlyweds, we spent our first two years in San Francisco where I was doing my post-doc work and Laura worked … 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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A Better World for Our Children: World Environment Day 2014 Featured Article

By Gabriela Burian
Global Lead, Sustainable Agriculture Environment

If you have kids, like me, you’re probably concerned about their future. And doing everything that you feel is possible to help them to have a better world. Today is the World Environment Day, a good opportunity for reflection and perfect timing to reinforce environment causes that we care about.

Just as every child deserves access to nutritious food, every generation deserves a planet with enough resources to meet their needs. I feel blessed to be in a position to work toward both of these important goals, at a company that … Full Article »

Where Do You Work? Part III Featured Article

By Brendan Hinchey
Corn Transformation Team

Well, I am still out there, facing outward even a little more, and still trying the live the “I work for Monsanto mantra.”  And in the last if the “Where do you work?” trilogy, I wanted to share a short story that shows how it can go full circle.

Last weekend was a bit of an event in Mystic, Connecticut, as March Against Monsanto got some coverage and over passionate 100 protesters.  And on Memorial Day weekend, should we assume they didn’t make the cut for the family cookout?  The Saturday protest got a … Full Article »