By Brandie Piper
Monsanto Corporate Engagement
Matchmakers have a long history of pairing together two people who complement each other in the hopes of fostering a relationship. The process is similar for plant breeders and the crops they study.
Like matchmakers, the goal of plant breeders is to bring together the two plants best-suited for each other so they can produce offspring with the best characteristics of both. The resulting offspring are called hybrids or varieties, depending on the crop. At Monsanto, our plant breeders play matchmaker every day to all types of crops such as corn, soybeans, peppers, … Full Article »
Chat Ocampo speaks to the forum participants
Monsanto Philippines participated in a multi-sector forum on agricultural biotechnology held recently in Cagayan De Oro City, Philippines. The forum was organized by the Asian Farmers Regional Network (ASFARNET-Philippines) to inform key stakeholders about the benefits of agricultural biotechnology and to clarify issues related to biotech crops.
Chat Ocampo, Monsanto Philippines’ Corporate Engagement Lead, spoke about the challenges and concerns in explaining agricultural biotechnology to a non-technical audience. To continue to enjoy public trust and support, those who engage in biotech research “should endeavor to remain transparent and keep government officials and the … Full Article »
In January, Monsanto Chief Technology Officer Robb Fraley was the inaugural speaker in the new Henry C. Gardiner Global Food Systems Lecture Series at Kansas State University. Here, he talks with K-State Radio Network’s Eric Atkinson on meeting world food demand in the coming decades, the role of biotechnology, and the importance of company / university partnerships.
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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 »
“Something is killing Ramadhani Juma’s cassava crop. ‘Maybe it’s too much water,’ he says, fingering clusters of withered yellow leaves on a six-foot-high plant. ‘Or too much sun.’ Juma works a small plot, barely more than an acre, near the town of Bagamoyo, on the Indian Ocean about 40 miles north of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. On a rainy March morning, trailed by two of his four young sons, he’s talking with a technician from the big city, 28-year-old Deogratius Mark of the Mikocheni Agricultural Research Institute. Mark tells Juma his problem is neither sun nor rain. The real cassava … 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 »
By Ken McCauley
Farmer, White Cloud, Kansas
Planting is right around the corner on our farm, and it got me thinking about my love of farming, and in particular, how far farming has progressed. I’ve been planting corn and soybeans for 50 years. I planted my first crop in 1964 with my brother on my mother’s farm. I don’t remember seed being as much of a big deal then as it is now, because most seed produced about the same yield. Earning a living on the farm at that age was a real life lesson. Dad wanted us to learn … Full Article »
By Donn Rubin
President and CEO of BioSTL
St. Louis, MO is a leading bioscience center. Donn Rubin, President and CEO of BioSTL explains why.
Donn Rubin, President and CEO of BioSTL
St. Louis is fortunate to have an extraordinary convergence of corporate, university, and entrepreneurial strengths in bioscience. Coupled with the region’s straightforward professionalism, capital efficiency, and supportive and collaborative spirit, these assets set St. Louis apart as a leading bioscience center.
St. Louis has long enjoyed an astonishing concentration of world-class scientists in medical and plant sciences, making it a world leader in academic and corporate bioscience research … Full Article »
Over the last 20 years, biotech or GM seeds have provided real and documented benefits to farmers worldwide. For those of us who don’t farm or have the opportunity to see these benefits firsthand, we’ve captured a few here with links to online resources if you’re interested in learning more.
GM crops enable us to produce more food sustainably while using fewer resources. For example, GM crops provide a healthier environment by saving on pesticides and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions while increasing crop yields substantially.
Resource: Top 10 Facts, ISAAA, 2013
“From 1996 to 2012, biotech crops contributed to Food … Full Article »
Burkina Faso in West Africa has had a tremendous success with Bt cotton. Yields and farmers’ incomes have risen, chemical use is down, and cotton and cottonseed oil have become major exports. Burkina’s neighbors are beginning to take note.
In December, delegations from neighboring Benin and Togo visited Burkina at the invitation of the biosecurity experts network of NEPAD, the New Partnership for African Development. Participants included farmers, government officials, members of parliament, and textile industry representatives. Their mission: see first hand the impact of Bt cotton in Burkina Faso as a first step towards the eventual adoption of policies … Full Article »