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Farmer Choice Key to Successful and Sustainable Farming Featured Article

By Daniel Kruithoff,
Managing Director
Monsanto Australia & New Zealand

Agriculture is once again at the forefront of the national conversation about Australia’s future prosperity. Having ridden the mining boom all the way to shore, sectors such as agriculture are being viewed as the next wave of economic growth.

Improved market access through free trade agreements will undoubtedly help drive demand for Australia’s high quality food and fibre, particularly among the booming middle class of Asia.

What is less certain though is the capacity of Australian agriculture to sustainably increase productivity fast enough to capitalise on the opportunity of becoming … Full Article »

Monsanto Philippines talks with Mindanao university students on global agriculture and food sustainability Featured Article

Monsanto Philippines recently received a warm welcome from 866 university students who attended its briefing on sustainability, food, partnerships and career building.

Monsanto recently conducted a seminar on ‘Monsanto,& the Work that We Do’  at the Mindanao State University (MSU) which was attended not only by the students but also by most of the faculty members of the University’s College of Agriculture.  The Monsanto Philippines Team of Cherie Ocampo , Human Resources Lead; Gabby Romero, Regulatory Affairs Lead;  Jorgen Abellera,  Corn Breeder and Plant Pathology Lead for Asia Pacific and Chat Ocampo,  Corporate Engagement Lead  exchanged perspectives with MSU students … Full Article »

Monsanto Scientist, Technical Community Receive St. Louis Science Award Featured Article

The Academy of Science recently announced their 21st Annual Outstanding St. Louis Scientists Awards winners. Greg Heck, Ph.D., Expression Platform lead, and the Technical Community of Monsanto were awarded with the George Englemann Interdisciplinary Award.

The George Englemann Interdisciplinary Award recognizes outstanding achievements in science, engineering or technology that results from collaboration among two or more individuals across disciplinary or institutional boundaries.

The Academy of Science recognized Heck “for the development of world-class programs in genomics and enabling technologies, such as gene expression, suppression, and RNA-based technology, to increase crop productivity globally.” Due to his role as lead organizer, … Full Article »

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Supporting Education in Vietnam Featured Article

On Jan. 15, Monsanto Fund announced a pledge of VND 3.2 billion in partnership with the non-governmental organization Room to Read to improve literacy and gender equality for thousands of children in rural communities in Vietnam. Through this partnership, we will be able to improve education and literacy of more than 60,000 children of Vietnamese farmers.

Monsanto’s funding is going to two major programs, Girls’ Education and Literacy.

In Girls’ Education program, we are equipping 175 girls from low-income families in the rural community with the necessary financial support and skills to succeed in school and beyond through mentors, tutors … Full Article »

Data Science: The Next Revolution in Sustainable Agriculture

By Mike Stern
President and Chief Operating Officer for Climate Corporation

Between now and 2050 the U.N. predicts our population will grow to 9.6 billion. As a result of that population growth, we see demand continuing to grow through the end of the decade and beyond by over 500 million bushels of corn and over 200 million bushels of soybeans annually over the next 5 years.   The question we need to answer is – how can farmers increase crop production sustainably to meet significant increases in demand?

Demand has largely been met over the past five years by putting more … Full Article »

Human Rights: From Farm to Fashion Featured Article

By Brian Lowry

Last month, I was fortunate to participate in a community event that explored human rights issues in virtually every step of cotton’s journey from seed to clothing. The event, “Human Rights: From Farm to Fashion,” was co-sponsored by Monsanto and six area universities and open to the public. More than 200 individuals, many of them college students, attended.

Puvan Selvanathan, a member of the United Nations Working Group on Business and Human Rights and the U.N. Human Rights Council, served as keynote speaker and master of ceremonies. The day featured presentations and discussions from more than a … Full Article »

The NPR/IQ2US Debate on GMOs Featured Article

On Dec. 3, Intelligence Squared U.S. (IQ2US) livestreamed a debate on GMOs. Monsanto’s Chief Technology Officer Dr. Robb Fraley and Alison Van Eenennaam, a genomics and biotechnology scientist at the University of California-Davis, argued the positive case for GMOs against Charles Benbrook, research professor at the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, and Margaret Mellon, a science policy consultant and former senior scientist for Union of Concerned Scientists.

IQ2US is a non-partisan, nonprofit organization founded in 2006 to restore civility, reasoned analysis and constructive public discourse to today’s often biased media landscape. IQ2US reaches millions through radio, television, live streaming, … Full Article »

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Growing Food More Sustainably: Conservation Tillage to the Rescue Featured Article

By Carlos Vicente Alberto
Sustainability Lead, Europe & Middle East

In 1985, during my final project at the School of Agricultural Engineers in Madrid, I embarked on something that may still seem strange to those unfamiliar with agriculture: growing plants without soil. The idea was to design a farm producing chicory using hydroponics, something that my classmates found novel at the time.

Hydroponics research was no gimmick – multiple crops can be grown this way today. But the fact remains: we need high-quality soil to grow the vast majority of our food, and we need to protect and conserve … Full Article »

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Climate Change and Our Food: Global Perspective Featured Article

For most of us, climate change is hard to wrap our heads around.  We don’t see it in the daily weather report, even though the weather is more unpredictable these days.  It’s not apparent when we draw a glass of water or check items off our lists at the grocery store, even though it might be impacting availability of both fresh water and food.

Climate change is happening, though, and it’s posing new challenges that can impact our food supply and our quality of life.  Diplomats from around the world are discussing and debating potential solutions this week at the … Full Article »

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Working Together to Feed the Future Featured Article

By Lisa Safarian
North America Business Lead

As a mom and a member of the team at Monsanto, I’m focused on food pretty much 24/7, whether it’s thinking about meals for my family or working with farmers to help produce better harvests.

That’s only compounded for me when we talk about our aspirations of helping make a balanced plate of healthy food accessible to the more than 9 billion people that will be on earth by 2050. I know it is nothing short of a huge challenge.

But what’s really exciting to me is that across the agriculture, food and … Full Article »