By Carlos Vicente Alberto
Sustainability Lead, Europe & Middle East
In 1985, during my final project at the School of Agricultural Engineers in Madrid, I embarked on something that may still seem strange to those unfamiliar with agriculture: growing plants without soil. The idea was to design a farm producing chicory using hydroponics, something that my classmates found novel at the time.
Hydroponics research was no gimmick – multiple crops can be grown this way today. But the fact remains: we need high-quality soil to grow the vast majority of our food, and we need to protect and conserve … Full Article »
This is certainly one component of Monsanto’s commitment to sustainability. In 2008, we pledged to double crop yields and to do so by using one-third fewer resources, such as land, water and energy per unit produced. We’ve started working towards that goal by supporting initiatives that lessen habitat loss and improve water quality, so it’s no surprise that we would support the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) and its annual Conservation in Action Tour.
This week, I attended the tour in Livingston County, Ill. to gain knowledge about innovative conservation practices and see the … Full Article »