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Conversation at the Aspen Ideas Festival Featured 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 »

Building Bridges Through Dialogue at the Aspen Ideas Festival Featured 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 »

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 »

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 »

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Am I 5 or 35? My Tale of Dinosaurs, Drones and Trucks on the Farm Featured 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 »

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AgTech and Sustainable Growth: An Emerging Economic Sector Featured 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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Farmland Film Review: Opening May 1 Featured Article

By Sean Battles
U.S. Commercial

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 »

Global Harvest Initiative Welcomes Jesus Madrazo as 2014 Chairman of the Board of Directors Featured 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 »

Global Harvest Initiative: How Latin America Can Feed the World Featured Article

Today, the Global Harvest Initiative is releasing a new report, “How Latin America Can Feed the World.” This major, collaborative policy report provides a rationale for why Latin America has a critical role to play in helping to feed the world.

The report includes a detailed menu of recommendations and specific examples of partnerships that illustrate how countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Central America (LAC) can harness their potential to more productively and sustainably be a regional and global breadbasket for food, fiber, feed and fuel demand. The report focuses on key elements of food supply and food … Full Article »