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European Union decision limits innovation in agriculture Featured Article

Earlier today, the European Union (EU) amended the laws to allow its’ member state governments from one side to make their own decisions permitting cultivation of individual GM crops at national or regional level and at the same time let other states restrict or prohibit cultivation of individual GM crops at national or regional level for political reasons. This is despite the fact that the EU’s own regulatory experts, as well as other experts around the world, have declared them safe and GM crops have been used successfully around the globe-including in EU-for the past 20 years.

Since the European Union first … Full Article »

Monsanto Philippines Seminar Underscores Benefits of Modern Agriculture Featured Article

About 60 people attended the forum sponsored by Monsanto and the US-ASEAN Business Council

Last week in Manilla, Monsanto partnered with the US-ASEAN Business Council to sponsor a forum on “Maximizing Nutrition with Modern Agriculture” at the Dusit Thani Hotel. The seminar was attended by more than 60 people from Philippine government offices, media, non-government organizations and universities.

Milton Stokes, director of Global Health and Nutrition Outreach for Monsanto, discussed innovative means of safe and sustainable food production through traditional plant breeding, biotechnology, crop protection and precision agriculture.

Milton Stokes speaking on nutrition and modern agriculture

Based on the company’s … Full Article »

Farmer Choice Key to Successful and Sustainable Farming Featured Article

By Daniel Kruithoff,
Managing Director
Monsanto Australia & New Zealand

Agriculture is once again at the forefront of the national conversation about Australia’s future prosperity. Having ridden the mining boom all the way to shore, sectors such as agriculture are being viewed as the next wave of economic growth.

Improved market access through free trade agreements will undoubtedly help drive demand for Australia’s high quality food and fibre, particularly among the booming middle class of Asia.

What is less certain though is the capacity of Australian agriculture to sustainably increase productivity fast enough to capitalise on the opportunity of becoming … Full Article »

New study shows positive environmental and sustainability impacts from GM crops Featured Article

At Monsanto, we’re committed to sustainable agriculture to meet the needs of our growing population and also preserving the environment. Many tools that can help us achieve this goal, but one very important tool has enabled farmers from across the globe to be more productive and sustainable – biotechnology. We’ve seen the benefits of biotechnology firsthand, but instead of us telling you about it, we wanted to share the findings of a recent third-party study.

PG Economics Ltd. this week released a new study revealing the global economic and environmental impact of genetically modified crops (GM crops) since they were … Full Article »

Biotech Benefits For Farmers

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 »

Seeds for Survival Featured Article

By Mark Edge
Partnerships Team

In Africa, food is scarce and smallholder farmers, most of them women with very limited resources, struggle each year to harvest crops to feed their families. Africa is prone to drought, so year after year these farmers don’t know if their crops will survive or if their families will have enough to eat.

The African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), a nonprofit that partners with public and private organizations to put advanced resources and tools into the hands of farmers in Africa, reached out to us six years ago on a new initiative. Called Water Efficient 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 »

GM Crops and Allergenicity Featured Article

Food allergies are a serious concern. Researchers have estimated that some 15 million Americans have some kind of food allergy. Eight foods account for 90 percent of the reported allergies – milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, fish, and shellfish. And for some people, food allergies can be fatal.

Some reports in online and popular magazines have suggested that the allergenicity rate has increased since the introduction of GM crops. There is no evidence to link allergenicity to currently authorized GM crops. In fact, food allergies have increased in all industrialized countries, including those where GM crops are not approved.… Full Article »

Monsanto Position on GM Cultivation in Europe Featured Article

We have a robust business selling high-quality, conventional corn, oilseed rape and vegetable seeds to our farmer customers in Europe.

We’ve been telling people in Europe for several years now that we’ll only sell biotech seeds where they enjoy broad farmer support, broad political support and a functioning regulatory system. These conditions apply only to a few countries in Europe today, primarily Spain and Portugal.

As Hugh Grant, our CEO told the Financial Times in 2009, “Europe’s going to make up its own mind in its own time.”

The only GM trait grown in Europe today is a corn resistant … Full Article »

The Safety of GM Crops: The Case of Africa Featured Article

We’re often criticized for supposedly ignoring studies that say genetically modified (GM) crops have safety or performance issues. The fact is, we don’t ignore any study about our products. We closely scrutinize every study that’s published, and even things that aren’t. We look at all claims made for and against our products. 

The criticism is often based on Monsanto having a vested interest in the situation. There’s no question that we have a vested interest in our products and businesses. But we also have a vested interest in good science, sound and credible scientific studies, and making sure we … Full Article »