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 »
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 »
By Jerry Hayes
Honey Bee Health Lead
Today marks the start of National Pollinator Week, an international celebration of the valuable service provided to us by bees, birds, bats and beetles. We depend on these pollinators for about one-third of the food we eat, including fruit, vegetables and nuts, so they’re well-deserving of our attention and support.
The honey bee in particular needs our help, with a phenomenon called Colony Collapse Disorder reducing bee numbers, and health of bee populations declining overall in recent years. Monsanto and others have made important strides over the past year in helping to … Full Article »
By Dr. Gregory Heck
For Bee Culture Magazine
Monsanto’s Dr. Greg Heck recently wrote an article for Bee Culture Magazine on a future opportunity in bee health – RNAi and what it could mean as a great addition to the toolbox of agricultural solutions.
“RNAi is used by plants, animals and fungi to read the information stored in their DNA and use it to develop actual physical characteristics, called ‘traits,’ he writes. “Our early farmer ancestors saw some of these traits as valuable and bred plants for those desirable qualities – without knowing, needless to say, that RNAi … Full Article »
By Glynn Young
Online Communications Team
Jerry Hayes leads Monsanto’s Beeologics business. He’s known across the beekeeping industry, and there are very few beekeepers he doesn’t know. He arrived at Monsanto from the Florida Department of Agriculture to lead the newly acquired Beeologics business in 2012. And he’s helped to bring into Monsanto a needed perspective on honey bees, pollinators in general, colony collapse disorder, and what needs to be done to address bee health for sustainable agriculture and the environment.
Recently I had the opportunity to tag along and hear him talk with an outside group. Jerry spends a … Full Article »
By Alex Inberg
Varroa Project Lead, Monsanto
As I read daily media articles about honey bee health and the importance of honey bees as pollinators to our food supply and the environment, I feel compelled to offer my perspective as a scientist working on finding a solution to improve the health of honey bees. While many explanations for the widely-debated phenomenon of colony collapse have been circulated, to this date, scientists can agree only on the fact that multiple factors contribute to honey bee demise.
Since 2009, I have been involved in research to develop products based on RNA interference … Full Article »
In August, as a follow-up to the Honey Bee Health Summit in June, Bee Culture Editor Kim Flottum visited Monsanto and met with executives and employees in a series of meetings. Kim asked whatever questions were on his mind, and talked with Monsanto about what he was hearing from the beekeeping industry, his readers and others.
Kim recently published his story, and while it is normally behind the subscription wall at Bee Culture, he granted us permission to post the article, “Monsanto Interviews: 7 Voices from Inside.” He talks about the Bee Summit, Monsanto’s acquisition of Beeologics in 2011, … Full Article »
By Jerry Hayes
My goal in life and work is continuous improvement. And, it has happened here since coming to Monsanto with lots of help from like-minded people who have really engaged and seen the vision of what Monsanto can offer to honey bee health.
I’m a firm believer that everything should build on the previous effort. Back in June, we were able to sponsor a first-of-its-kind Honey Bee Health Summit, hosted by Project Apis m. (PAm) and Monsanto’s Honey Bee Advisory Council. The leaders in the world of honey bee health were here and shared how … Full Article »
Monsanto understands that agriculture is constantly evolving and is influenced by broad societal trends. Farmers need new tools that allow them to maintain productivity—in the face of climate change, and the challenges of weed and insect resistance to current methods of control—while simultaneously minimizing the impact on the environment. Consumers want healthy and abundant food grown in a responsible way and seek transparency about the way food is produced.
Our people listened to these concerns and in 2012, we expanded our R&D pipeline to include agricultural biologicals, a category of sustainable crop protection solutions made from materials found in nature … Full Article »