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Children of Monsanto Indonesia Employees Create a Road Safety Calendar Featured Article

Traveling is a need for everyone; unfortunately the number of road accidents can be high. Road accidents are the third leading cause of death after coronary heart disease and tuberculosis in Indonesia (World Health Organization, 2012).

Children and young people are at significant risk. Road safety education plays an important role in shaping the attitudes and behaviors of children, young people and adults – ensuring they become responsible drivers, passengers, pedestrians or cyclists.

The Monsanto Indonesia marketing team wanted to teach safety awareness to employees, their families and stakeholders. The team emphasized the need for safety by compiling a 2014 calendar titled “Safety begins from Home.” With this … Full Article »

Employees at the Monsanto India – Shamirpet Donate to School for Blind Featured Article

By Brian Russell
Public Affairs

Blind children, if given a chance, can play and learn right alongside their sighted peers. An open mind, a positive attitude, and a little creativity are usually all it takes to integrate blind students into regular preschool programs.

Employees at the Monsanto India – Shamirpet site took this wisdom to heart recently. Employees there staged a donation campaign titled “The Joy of Giving,” in which employees donated $689 USD to sponsor lunch for 300 students of a local school for the blind, with remaining money used to purchase Braille paper for the students.

“The voluntary … Full Article »

Golden Rice, Children and Ideology Featured Article

Image courtesy of the Biotechnology Coalition of the Philippines

The photograph is simple enough: Pope Francis blessing a sample of golden rice. Standing with the pope is Ingo Potrykus, the co-creator of golden rice.

Behind the photograph, and golden rice itself, lies a controversy. Golden rice offers the promise of providing the Vitamin A that could help prevent blindness in hundreds of thousands of children in developing countries.

But it’s also genetically modified.

So Greenpeace hates it. Vandana Shiva hates it (she calls it a hoax). Michael Pollan initially called it “The Great Yellow Hype” in 2001 but recently … Full Article »

A Pediatrician Inside Monsanto? Featured Article

By Daniel A. Goldstein, M.D. 

Yes, Monsanto has a pediatrician; I have been with Monsanto for 15 years, and it has been, at many levels, a gratifying experience. As a pediatrician and as a parent, I understand how deeply mothers and fathers care about the well-being of their children. In light of recent allegations about plant biotechnology and children’s health, I want to take a moment to talk about how I got here and what I do to everyday to protect the health and safety of those who may come into contact with our products, including children.

How does … Full Article »

Monsanto Fund: Dateline Mexico Featured Article

Dateline Mexico: Feel, Imagine, Do & Share

Design for Change Mexico is an initiative that gives children the opportunity to express their ideas for a better world and to put them into action. Through four simple concepts – Feel, Imagine, Do, and Share, children from more than 30 countries are driving the change they want to see in their schools and communities.

Design for Change Mexico is supported by the Monsanto Fund and lead by EducarUno Foundation. Elementary and middle schools nationwide are encouraged to see beyond their location, their socioeconomic level or type of education and say “I Can.” … Full Article »

Monsanto Fund: Dateline Brazil Featured Article

Healthy Futures Through Knowledge 

For more than a decade, the Monsanto Fund has supported INMED Brazil in their quest to improve the health, nutritional status and environmental awareness of 1.5 million children in Brazil. Through the Healthy Children, Healthy Futures program, INMED is working to: 

◦Reduce hunger among participating children by increasing the availability of nutritious produce through school gardens and nutrition education for teachers, school food workers and parents of school-age children; 

◦Improve children’s health and nutritional status by increasing their access to nutritious foods, treating them for infections that rob them of vital nutrients, and educating them … Full Article »