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Monsanto Philippines talks with Mindanao university students on global agriculture and food sustainability Featured Article

Monsanto Philippines recently received a warm welcome from 866 university students who attended its briefing on sustainability, food, partnerships and career building.

Monsanto recently conducted a seminar on ‘Monsanto,& the Work that We Do’  at the Mindanao State University (MSU) which was attended not only by the students but also by most of the faculty members of the University’s College of Agriculture.  The Monsanto Philippines Team of Cherie Ocampo , Human Resources Lead; Gabby Romero, Regulatory Affairs Lead;  Jorgen Abellera,  Corn Breeder and Plant Pathology Lead for Asia Pacific and Chat Ocampo,  Corporate Engagement Lead  exchanged perspectives with MSU students … Full Article »

The Myth About Who Grows Biotech Crops Featured Article

Is the United States is the only country growing and consuming biotech crops? 

According to the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA), of the 29 countries planting biotech crops in 2011, it’s noteworthy that 19 were developing countries and 10 were industrial countries. The top 10 countries each grew more than one million hectares providing a broad-based worldwide foundation for diversified growth in the future; in fact, the top nine each grew more than 2 million hectares. 

More than half the world’s population, 60 percent or about four billion people, live in the 29 countries planting biotech … Full Article »

Producing More Featured Article

Monsanto established an aggressive target of doubling yields in four major crops over a 30-year period. This goal is highly relevant as global forecasted demand of corn, oilseeds and cotton over this same period will increase significantly. 

Unfortunately, farmers’ abilities to meet this increase in demand by boosting yields (output per unit of land) is constrained by their access to innovative management practices and seed technology. 

Monsanto is tracking progress against this production goal based on the policy environment established by the major producing countries of each crop. Based on a recent expert analysis by The Context Network, countries … Full Article »

Chicago Council Report on Global Agricultural Development Featured Article

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, one of the oldest and most prominent international affairs organizations in the United States, publishes an annual assessment of progress by the United States in global agricultural development. The 2012 progress report cites major strides the U.S. government has made “toward putting agricultural development back at the top of its foreign assistance agenda, reversing a three-decade long downward trend in U.S. global food security activities.”

Among its key findings are:

• The U.S. government has begun to develop and implement a focused strategy for global agricultural development, “with well-defined goals and benchmarks.”
• … Full Article »

ISAAA: Biotech Crops Up 8 Percent in 2011

The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA) has reported that biotech crops reached 160 million hectares in 2011, an increase of 12 million hectares or 8 percent over 2010. Since first introduced in 1996, according to ISAAA, the increase in plantings to date makes biotech crops “the fastest adopted crop technology in the history of modern agriculture.”

While the adoption of biotech crops has been remarkable, an equally important story is behind the numbers. The adoption is not limited to developed countries but is also being embraced by farmers in developing countries, and some 29 countries worldwide … Full Article »

A New Vision for Agriculture

Monsanto’s Mark Sutherland sat down with Jerry Steiner, EVP of Sustainability and Corporate Affairs, after the World Economic Forum meetings in Davos, Switzerland. The topic – the New Vision for Agriculture that was announced during the WEF meetings.

Mark: The New Vision for Agriculture, can you explain that? What does that mean? What is it?

Jerry: The New Vision for Agriculture takes on the challenge that we all talk about and hear about a lot–the near doubling of demand that is expected across the next 40 years, the recognition that there will be increasing scarcity of the resources … Full Article »

The 2010 ISAAA Report on Biotech Crops

“Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2010.”

It’s a rather calm-sounding official title for an important compilation of data on what’s happening with agricultural biotechnology around the world.

On Tuesday, the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA) released its annual report. This one also provides a 15-year overview, with the first biotech crop haveing been introduced in 1996.

Highlights of the report include:

• Biotech crops are now grown on more than one billion acres, about 10 percent of the total cropland in the world.
• The rate of adoption of biotech crops in the last … Full Article »