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Beyond the Rows is a Monsanto Company blog focused on one of the world’s most important industries, agriculture. Monsanto employees write about Monsanto’s business, the agriculture industry, and the farmer.
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From Seed to Supermarket, Watermelon is Summertime’s Sweetest Treat Featured Article

By Alfredo Moreno
Technology Development

That’s right folks, summer is here! The season of picnics, pool parties and barbeques has officially begun, and these tasty times have the same sweet treat on their menu – watermelon. When temperatures rise, those looking to beat the heat, are grabbing huge slices of the cool, refreshing fruit.

Made up of 92-percent water, watermelon is a low-calorie, natural thirst quencher that’s jam-packed with lycopene, as well as Vitamins A and C, and other nutrients including potassium, fiber, magnesium, and calcium, too.

So how do watermelons get from seed to supermarket?

The process is actually … Full Article »

Lettuce Talk About Salad Featured Article

By Carly Scaduto
Monsanto Vegetables Division

With National Salad Month in full swing, it’s time to explore the most important part of any salad – the leafy greens. Rich in fiber, calcium, potassium and vitamins C and K, it’s no wonder fresh lettuce is the key to a hearty salad.

Lettuce offers many nutritional benefits and is full of flavor, without any calorie-induced guilt. In fact, leafy greens are credited with lowering the risk of heart disease, improving bone health and aiding the digestive system.

The most common leafy green varieties are iceberg, romaine and spinach. While all varieties offer … Full Article »

Planting your very own vegetable garden

Spring has finally sprung, and it’s time to bring your home garden back to life. Each April, communities and families nationwide celebrate National Garden Month by planting flowers, herbs and vegetables in their backyards.

Our Seminis Home Garden line features many seed varieties that will bring fresh, vibrant foods from your garden to your table. Wondering what to plant in your garden this year? Take this quiz.

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GMO Safety: The Proof Is in the Numbers Featured Article

This week’s 2013 Global Biotech Crop Report from ISAAA highlights key milestones in adoption of GMO crops, as well as the expanding range of GMO benefits seen in both developing and industrialized countries.  The agriculture industry continues to make great strides in enabling safe production of nutritious food in a sustainable manner, and biotechnology continues to be a valuable tool in these efforts.

ISAAA’s report updates some of the most important numbers for all of us:  the numbers that demonstrate the proven safety record of GMO products.  The truth of the matter is, no food product has been more thoroughly … Full Article »

A Day in the Life of a Pepper Breeder: The Wow Moment Featured Article

By Scott Milligan
Pepper Breeder

What do I do every day? Essentially, I look for a needle in very big haystack.

As a pepper breeder, I work to grow the best peppers possible. These peppers are vibrant, crunchy, juicy, flavorful – exactly the ones you want to find in the grocery store.

To grow these peppers, I search for the most desirable genetic characteristics. That’s where it gets tough – we have to look gene-by-gene for the best characteristics, the ones that make a pepper brighter or sweeter. Sometimes, we can try thousands of gene combinations before we hit on … Full Article »

Resolving to Make Vegetables Better Featured Article

By Marlin Edwards,
Chief Scientist

How many of you resolved to start the New Year by eating healthy? How is it going so far?

Despite our best intentions, research shows that the vast majority of resolutions are abandoned before Presidents’ Day.  Since it’s already late January, wouldn’t it be nice if our resolutions to eat better were easier for us to keep? Take heed, it’s not always your fault – sometimes the vegetables need to be more appealing!

That’s where my team comes in. Monsanto’s vegetable research team uses conventional plant breeding to develop vegetables that taste better, look better … Full Article »

Our Innovation Pipeline: The Window to the Future of Farming Featured Article

By Dr. Robb Fraley
Chief Technology Officer

Mother Nature is always changing, and those changes often threaten the crops that we depend on for food and clothing.  Whether it’s migrating insects, new strains of diseases, or a changing climate, our crops are constantly under siege from new and changing dangers.

What do we do about it?  We do what mankind has always done:  we improve and we innovate to overcome challenges and improve our effectiveness. 

Monsanto’s innovation pipeline is an ongoing example of innovation in agriculture.  To effectively meet the needs of the farmers who keep food on our … Full Article »

WEMA Project Partners Honored with ND-GAIN Corporate Adaptation Award Featured Article

By Jesus Madrazo
Vice President, Corporate Engagement

Improving lives of resource-poor farmers is one of Monsanto’s commitments to agriculture. Six years ago, with that commitment in mind, we partnered with the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (or AATF) on the Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) project to share pest-resistant and drought-tolerant maize seed varieties with Sub-Saharan African farmers.

Along with the AATF, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Howard G. Buffett Foundation and five National Agricultural Research Systems Sub-Saharan Africa have joined us in … Full Article »

2013 World Food Prize Laureates Call for Removal of Bias Against GM Crops Featured Article

Dr. Marc Van Montagu, a 2013 World Food Prize Laureate along with Dr. Mary-Dell Chilton and Dr. Robb Fraley, shared an op-ed with the Wall Street Journal last week that challenged those resisting biotechnology to look at the facts regarding its safety and promise.

The opinion article can be viewed on the World Food Prize website.Full Article »

Beyond Biology: Taking Farms High-Tech to Yield Better Results Featured Article

By Robert Fraley
Chief Technology Officer

The world population is growing. At least eight people were born while you read that sentence, a rate that will put a potential 9.6 billion people on the planet by 2050.

Meanwhile, natural resources like land and water are what they are: finite. That’s why technologies that sustainably enhance crop yields are key to securing a future where we have enough to feed everyone while also leaving the smallest footprint possible on the environment. GMOs and advanced breeding are significant parts of the equation, but the ultimate solution is much broader than biology alone. … Full Article »