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Monsanto Fund Donates Truck to the Food Bank of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico Featured Article

A ceremony was held recently to celebrate the donation of a closed-box truck to the Food Bank of Los Mochis in Sinaloa, Mexico. The truck, with a capacity for 20 tons, was purchased with help from the Monsanto Fund, thanks to the sponsorship of employees located in northern Sinaloa State.

The vehicle will aid the Food Bank in its mission to bring food to communities of high poverty and improve efficiency in the collection and transportation of food donated by businesses, local producers, supermarkets, banks and other foundations. It is expected to generate a substantial increase in both the organization’s ability … Full Article »

Dr. Norman Borlaug’s Impact on Mexican Agriculture

Homero Melis, is a third generation Mexican farmer who has been farming for more than 20 years. He is currently the secretary of Mexico’s National Agriculture Council (Consejo Nacional Agropecuario – CNA). As the world celebrates the achievements of Dr. Norman Borlaug this week, Homero Melis reflects on the impact Dr. Borlaug’s work has had on Mexican agriculture.

What type of farm do you have?

My fields are in the Maya and the Yaqui Valleys. These lands are irrigated with dam water, and we also have groundwater pump systems to support the Yaqui and Maya district irrigation plans. I call … Full Article »

Website Hoax Featured Article

Earlier today, an unidentified cyber group developed and posted a deceptive web page called www.monsantoglobal.com designed to appear as though it was posted by Monsanto. This pagee and its related communications, including fake news releases entitled “Mexico Grants Monsanto Approval To Plant Large-Scale GM Corn Fields” and “Monsanto Denounces “Activists” for Hoax Release are intentional misrepresentations and are not in any way associated with our company. Monsanto has not issued a press release on the hoax.

Monsanto regrets any confusion or inconvenience caused by this hoax. Information on this hoax web site and its related communication properties has been turned … 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 »

Continued Progress in Human Rights Policy Implementation Featured Article

Producing seeds in more than 40 countries gives us the opportunity to have a positive impact on the lives of a significant number of agricultural workers. To guide our actions, Monsanto adopted our Human Rights Policy in 2006, and began a program to improve the lives of workers in our seed production supply chain, whether they are at our owned facilities or are working for a third party. 

The policy includes commitments on child labor, forced labor, compensation, working hours, harassment and violence, discrimination, freedom of association, occupational safety and legal compliance. We operate on a continuous improvement approach in … Full Article »

Helping Farmers Recover From Catastrophic Frost in Sinaloa, Mexico Featured Article

By Elizabeth Niven

Located east of the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula, between the Gulf of California and the mountain spurs of the Sierra Madre Occidental, the fertile Sinaloa valley in Mexico produces 25 percent of Mexico’s annual corn crop, which is 50 percent of the corn used for tortillas, Mexico’s main food source.

In February 2010, freezing temperatures in Sinaloa wiped out 90 percent of this corn crop, an overwhelming loss to the Mexican economy that potentially would impact local food resources and the international corn market.

This untimely weather event shocked Sinaloa farmers.

Initially irrigation farmers flooded … Full Article »