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Ten Monsanto Workplace Recognitions in 2013 Featured Article

Monsanto received a number of recognitions in 2013, and they had to do with some hard work by our people, and the kind of workplace Monsanto is.

The company was named one of the world’s Best Multinational Workplaces by Great Places to Work, named to the list of 25 companies for the second year in a row. Monsanto was ranked No. 12.

The company was also named a Great Place to Work in Paraguay and Argentina, and one of the 130 best companies to work for in Brazil. And in a survey of university students and recent graduates … Full Article »

Monsanto Paraguay, Monsanto Argentina Named Great Places to Work Featured Article

Monsanto Paraguay and Monsanto Argentina have been named Great Places to Work.

For the eighth consecutive year, Monsanto Argentina has been named as one of the best places to work in the country with a 2013 Great Place to Work award. Meanwhile, Monsanto Paraguay finished ranked No. 2 in its country in earning a 2013 Great Place to Work award.

In Argentina, the company was ranked 5th among employers with more than 1,000 employees.

More than 1,100 employees (84 percent) in the country took part in a survey to determine their satisfaction with their job at Monsanto, including for the … Full Article »

Monsanto Zarate plant hosts community bike ride Featured Article

Employees at the Monsanto Zárate, Argentina, Roundup factory held a family bike ride recently to correspond with World Car-Free Day in October.

The Monsanto family bike ride, dubbed Tour Verde Monsanto 2013 – Monsanto Green Tour 2013 – brought together employees and their families for a non-competitive ride through the city of Campana, near Zárate.

“We wanted to take our message of sustainability out into the community,” said Natalia Cherchyk, community relations analyst. “This was a good way to promote a healthier lifestyle, reduce CO2 emissions and really engage with employees and our community.”

The entrance fee for the race … Full Article »

Argentina and Pesticides Featured Article

Over the weekend, the Associated Press published stories alleging growing health problems in Argentina due to misapplied and illegal application of pesticides.  The stories report that AP documented dozens of such cases, but provide very few specifics.  Activist doctors and academics are quoted as asserting that cancer rates and birth defects are increasing and associated with the use of pesticides. Argentina’s government is criticized for not taking action to address activities that threaten public health.

We deplore the misuse of any pesticides, regardless of who makes them. Monsanto’s employees work very hard to ensure that our customers and suppliers are … Full Article »

The La Plata Storm: Solidarity and Networking Pay Off Featured Article

On April 2, a violent storm struck the city of La Plata in Argentina. More than a foot of rain (200 ml) poured down on the city. More than 60 people died, and more than 150,000 were directly affected. Damages were estimated to exceed US $600 million.

The people at Monsanto’s Zarate Plant, plant contractors and Red Cross volunteers came together to help the storm victims.

On April 5, employees, their families and contractors donated and labeled 190 boxes of clothes. Volunteers classified and sorted clothes and food donated, and packed them in boxes. The labeling of the clothes was … Full Article »

Monsanto Fund: Dateline Argentina Featured Article

Generating Entrepreneurial Spirit

Junior Achievement Argentina and Monsanto have been working together since 1998 to generate an entrepreneurial spirit in children and youth that allows them to achieve their goals within a framework of responsibility and freedom.

In 2006, this relationship grew when Monsanto decided to work with Junior Achievement Argentina to develop a new program focused on rural enterprises. The result was the creation of Our Field (Nuestro Campo in Spanish), a six-session program designed for students aged 13 to 15.

In the Our Field program, students learn the importance of education for their future and the role of … Full Article »

Recent Studies on Benefits of Biotech Crops Featured Article

Three recent studies – of biotech crops in Brazil, Argentina and India – all note the benefits of crops with biotechnology traits. 

Celeres Ambiental, a consulting firm based in Brazil, looked at the impact of GM cotton, GM corn and herbicide-resistant soybeans for Brazilian farmers. The study, undertaken for the Brazilian Seed and Seedling Association, evaluated both the economic benefits to the farmers who have adopted biotechnology as well as the environmental benefits to society.  

The study found that for every $1 that the farmer invested in biotech seed, Brazilian farmers obtained an incremental return that averaged US$ 2.61 … Full Article »

What Kind of Work Do You Do?

By Carly Scaduto
Monsanto Company

“What kind of work do you do?” is a pretty standard question when I meet new people. When I meet people from around St. Louis, Missouri, and tell them what I do at Monsanto, the response is typically “I’ve heard Monsanto is a great company to work for!” However, the response tends to be different when I meet people from outside of St. Louis.

During my short time working in Buenos Aires, Argentina, I’ve met people from all over – many fellow ex-pats from the United States as well as others from around the world. … Full Article »