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120314 Climate Smart Ag blog

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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Encouraging Climate Smart Farming In Australia Featured Article

The pivotal role of innovation in improving the sustainability and competitiveness of Australian farmers was the focus of the company’s local management team at recent forums held in Melbourne.

Speaking at the annual conference of respected farm research body, the Australian Farm Institute, the company’s Managing Director in Australia and New Zealand, Daniel Kruithoff, discussed Monsanto’s investment in Climate Corp and the role of data analytics in improving farmers’ yields and sustainability.

“It is well documented that productivity growth in many parts of Australian agriculture has flatlined. Finding new ways to improve our productivity performance is only getting harder.

“Harnessing … 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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The World Food Prize – One Year Later Featured Article

By Dr. Robb Fraley
Chief Technology Officer

Somehow, some way, a year has passed since I was awarded the World Food Prize with Mary-Dell Chilton and Marc Van Montagu.  For me, the experience in Des Moines will always stand out as a career pinnacle.  But more important, it helped reset the discussion about the use of new tools and technologies in feeding a growing planet.

That reset started with the simple, fundamental fact that the three of us were chosen for the award.  In selecting the scientists who helped pioneer biotechnology, the World Food Prize made a bold and unambiguous … Full Article »

GAP® Report Rekindles the Need to Grow Food More Sustainably Featured Article

By Jesus Madrazo
Vice President, Corporate Engagement
Chairman, Global Harvest Initiative Board of Directors

We’ve long known that farmers must produce nearly double as much food, fiber and fuel to meet the needs of 9 billion people by 2050. And as they also face the increasing impacts of climate change – drought, flooding, heat, and pests – it’s critical that we help them meet these challenges while also protecting our earth for generations to come.

Today, this need is underscored by the Global Harvest Initiative’s 5th annual Global Agriculture Productivity Report® (GAP Report), an annual benchmark of agricultural productivity … Full Article »

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The Fabric of Change Featured Article

The worlds of fashion and agriculture don’t often come together. But that’s exactly what happened when Monsanto’s team in Camaçari, Brazil, set out to reduce its impact on the environment.

Unemployment in the region is a very serious concern, especially for women, who only make up a small portion of the workforce today. Months ago, the women of Camaçari’s community center began a sewing and art project to help provide new job opportunities, thanks to local organizations that provided sewing machines and lessons.

When Monsanto learned of the project, we offered the women materials that we could not use – … Full Article »

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Monsanto and Vietnam University of Agriculture Collaborate to Develop Talents in Agricultural Biotechnology Featured Article

Monsanto has announced a pledge of VND 1.5 billion scholarship for outstanding students studying agricultural biotechnology. This scholarship aims to nurture and encourage the engagement of young talents in the development of agricultural biotechnology and products thereof to support farmers.

“Biotechnology is a promising branch of science in the 21st century, offering great possibilities in improving human lives in various ways. In agriculture, biotechnology has been proved to improve lives of over 18 million farmers around the world. The Government of Vietnam is determined in bringing and developing this technology in Vietnam, and has focused on developing physical and human capacity … Full Article »

Championing Diversity in Agriculture

Monsanto Australia and New Zealand were proud to participate in the inaugural Women in Australian Agribusiness National Forum held in Melbourne. The event gathered agricultural leaders, agribusinesses, media and influencers from across the country to highlight the crucial role women play in Australian agriculture.

Monsanto’s ANZ Entomologist, Kristen Knight, represented the company at the forum and gave a well-received speech at the event highlighting her positive experience of diversity at Monsanto and the company’s approach to attracting and retaining women employees.

Kristen said that Monsanto’s commitment to equal opportunity is driven by a belief that diversity is more than a … Full Article »

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Monsanto Honored for Persistent Efforts in Developing Vietnam’s Agriculture

Monsanto Vietnam has been named as one of the “Exemplary Companies in developing Vietnam’s Agriculture and Rural Economy 2011–2014” – a special recognition from the Rural Economy Newspaper, the Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. The List aims to recognize companies and individuals with long-term efforts and significant contributions to the development of Vietnam’s agriculture and rural economy.

“At Monsanto, we believe Improve Agriculture Improve Lives and are working hard to realize that vision through our 4Ps Pillar: Prosperity for farmers through Products-Practices-Partnerships. We are pleased this honor recognizes our commitment, but we know there is much more work … Full Article »

10.1.14 Storytelling session in Cagayan

Monsanto Philippines Storytelling Sessions Underscore Sustainability, Helping Others, and Improving Lives Featured Article

The Provincial Learning and Resource Center of Cagayan, Philippines recently held a storytelling session on the only Filipino children’s book on biotech corn seeds titled Lina’s Town Rises Again.

Lina’s Town Rises Again was written for elementary school children to develop a basic understanding of the impact of agriculture products, specifically Dekalb corn seeds in social, economic and environmental terms. It touches on the themes of sustainability, collaboration and safety by narrating the true and inspiring story of how agricultural biotechnology seeds positively transformed a woman farmer’s life, and enabled her farming community to recover economically in the aftermath of … Full Article »