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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 »

Digging Into Vegetables from Seed to Supermarket to Saute Pan Featured Article

By Wendy Reinhardt Kapsak, MS, RDN, Monsanto Vegetable Seeds

“I just ate 400 tomatoes!” Eat tomatoes, we did…along with so much more. We had the pleasure to host a group of food and nutrition professionals who got “hands-on” at our Vegetable Seeds Research and Development headquarters in Woodland, California. As a food and nutrition professional myself, specifically as a registered dietitian/nutritionist now working in an agricultural company, I was so excited to share more about what we are working on everyday to make sure vegetables are not only available but also appealing to us all.

As a part of … Full Article »

Monsanto Celebrates the Food, Nutrition and Ag Connection with National Nutrition Month Featured Article

By Wendy Reinhardt Kapsak, MS, RDN
Monsanto Vegetables Division

As part of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ (AND) National Nutrition Month, we celebrate Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day to recognize RDNs, including our own Wendy Reinhardt Kapsak, MS, RDN, for advancing the nutritional literacy of Americans and people around the world. Now a few words from Wendy…

Wendy Kapsak Reinhardt

When I began my career as a registered dietitian nearly two decades ago, I never saw myself at an agricultural company. Sometimes, when I am counting my blessings, I wonder – how did I get here? Perhaps you’re also … Full Article »

Transferring Knowledge to the Developing World Featured Article

Our experience with innovation from working on our core crops of corn, cotton, canola and soy have applications that can be transferred to address critical food sources in other parts of the world, especially Africa. Our people have shared technology across multiple crops and countries along with expert technical advice. We have also partnered with public research centers to help improve yields and pest resistance of staple crops that are critical for certain areas of Africa.

Virus Resistant Cassava

Cassava is one of the most important staple food crops for more than 200 million sub-Saharan Africans. In the East African … Full Article »

The Future of Food Featured Article

By Michael Doane
Sustainable Agriculture Policy 

I had a cool opportunity today to think more about farming and the role it plays in the future of food when I joined a panel discussion at the International Association Culinary Professionals at their annual meeting in San Francisco.  We focused on answering this question:  What is the future of food?

Growing up on a working wheat and cattle farm in northwest Kansas, I never really thought about how the work was connected to food.  Sure – wheat goes into bread and cattle provide milk and meat.  I understood that, but my … 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 »

Monsanto Fund: Dateline Kenya Featured Article

Planting the Seeds of Better Nutrition

Getting enough food for a healthy and active life is a distant dream for many school-going children in the arid and semi-arid regions of Kenya. The Integrated Community Organization for Sustainable Empowerment and Education for Development (ICOSEED), through its Vegetable Gardening Project, is working with schools in these areas to brighten the outlook for these children. The gardening project supplements the government’s school feeding program by adding vegetables and fruits grown by the students to the menu.

In 2010, the Monsanto Fund supported ICOSEED and its partners, and support continued in 2011 through a … Full Article »

Pediatricians Look at Food and Nutrition Featured Article

The American Academy of Pediatrics has taken a look at the nutrition value of organic and conventional food, and concluded that organic food isn’t safer or more nutritious than conventional food. 

In a clinical report issued Monday, the Academy said that “current evidence does not support any meaningful nutritional benefits or deficits from eating organic compared with conventionally grown foods, and there are no well-powered human studies that directly demonstrate health benefits or disease protection as a result of consuming an organic diet.” 

The findings were similar to those reported in September in the Annals of Internal Medicine, published by … Full Article »

Reasons We Do Need GM Foods: It is about improving nutrition

A couple of months ago, reading an article about world hunger, I found out that someone dies of starvation every 3.6 seconds. Can you imagine that? I tried to understand how we can let that happen but I couldn’t. So, I started wondering what are we–and specifically the scientific community–doing to help stop or even diminish a pandemic problem like hunger.

According to the World Health Organization, hunger and malnutrition are the single gravest threats to the world’s public health. Malnutrition is by far the biggest contributor to child mortality, present in half of all cases. So, world … Full Article »