By Martha Schlicher
Global Stakeholder Engagement Lead
Environmental factors – weather, weeds and bugs – have always presented some of the most significant challenges that farmers face every single growing season. Today, climate change has emerged as one of the greatest environmental risks facing our food supply. It will take heightened collaboration and innovation to help farmers adapt to the uncertainty that weather volatility presents, so that we can continue to count on them to give us choices for balanced meals, every meal, every day.
One of the most powerful tools we have to minimize the impact of climate change … Full Article »
On Tuesday, three Monsanto executives spoke at the Aspen Ideas Festival, in an effort to engage in conversation with people of diverse perspectives about agriculture, climate change, sustainability, and other issues.
Agriculture Innovation and the Promise of Biotechnology
President and COO Brett Begemann spoke about agriculture innovation. Advancements in biotechnology are transforming agriculture. With the global population expected to grow to nine billion people by 2050, and people seeking more and better food, we must invest in innovation now.
To date, biotechnology in agriculture has contributed to economic growth around the world. Scientists in both the public and … Full Article »
Monsanto is pleased to be a sponsor of this year’s Aspen Ideas Festival, where thought leaders from around the globe and across many disciplines will take part in deep and rich discussion about a variety of challenges and opportunities facing society today.
We’re at Aspen for the same reason most people are here – to listen and engage with diverse perspectives on the ideas and issues that shape our lives and challenge our world.
We have big goals – creating enough food to feed our growing global population, making that food better, combating climate change, but we don’t have … Full 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 »
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 »
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 »
By Nick Weber
Digital Communications Team
It was 40°F and windy at 7:09 a.m. when we pulled up the driveway to Martz-Spears Farm in northern Illinois. Dustin Spears was saying good-bye to his wife as she headed to her job. Dustin dashed into the farm shed to grab something as we parked the car. When he reappeared, we made our introductions, but I got the sense he didn’t want to chit-chat; he wanted to get to the field.
So, within two minutes of arriving, I was in the passenger seat of his truck and heading to a 75-acre field about … Full Article »
The Ewing Marion Kaufmann Foundation of Kansas City and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center of St. Louis have partnered to produce a white paper entitled AgTech: Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Agriculture. Behind the report is a stark reality – more food has to be produced in the next 40 years than has been produced in all of human history to date. Coupled with that reality is the hope embodied in a newly emerging economic sector, which the white paper’s authors call “sustainable agricultural technology,” or, more simply, “AgTech.” The report has three purposes:
- Increase awareness of the
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By Sean Battles
Farmland, a documentary on “what it’s really like to run a farm,” was released nationally in more than 60 major markets May 1. Last week, I was lucky enough to see an advanced screening at the Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis. I’d like to share with you my personal thoughts on the film, coming from the perspective of a non-farmer and Monsanto employee.
First, I encourage everyone, on both sides of the fence post, to go see Farmland if available in your area. It’s a beautifully shot and produced film, directed by award-winning documentary filmmaker … Full Article »
Jesus Madrazo, vice president of Corporate Engagement for Monsanto, was recently named chairman of the Board of Directors of Global Harvest Initiative (GHI). GHI is a private-sector voice for productivity growth throughout the agricultural value chain to sustainably meet the demands of a growing world. GHI’s Margaret Zeigler talked to Madrazo about his background and the challenges faced globally in meeting growing food needs sustainably.
Margaret Zeigler: Jesus, we are delighted to have you lead the Global Harvest Initiative Board of Directors in 2014 as our new Board Chairman. How did you come to be involved in global agriculture?… Full Article »