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Beyond the Rows is a Monsanto Company blog focused on one of the world’s most important industries, agriculture. Monsanto employees write about Monsanto’s business, the agriculture industry, and the farmer.
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Collaboration is the Key to New Developments in Vegetables Featured Article

By Marlin Edwards
Chief Technology Officer, Seminis

I’m proud of our commitment to bring farmers around the world a broad range of agricultural solutions to help nourish our growing world but it’s clear that we can’t do this alone. That’s why, in addition to developing our own products, Monsanto seeks to partner and collaborate with others to foster the development of new products and solutions for growers. To help further progress towards these goals in our vegetable seeds business we are developing a new licensing program.

Monsanto has a long-standing, company-wide commitment to broadly license our patented traits and technologies. Licensing allows … Full Article »

Crop Pops: A Fun Way to Enjoy Fruits and Vegetables Featured Article

By Wendy Reinhardt Kapsak, MS, RDN
Monsanto Vegetable Seeds

Fall is upon us and we are all getting back into the groove of school, homework, and extracurricular activities. It feels like a fresh start. But there is more freshness to this season than back-to-school. It is also a time when we have plenty of in-season produce, thanks to vegetable growers around the world.

This month, you will notice your local farmers’ markets and grocery stores have a wide selection of some of my favorite produce, like corn, peppers, melons, and cucumbers. It’s the time of year when our hardworking farmer … Full Article »

Enjoying Sweet Corn Grown a Better Way Featured Article

Summer is in full swing – the kids are off school and days slowly fade into warm nights. One of our favorite tell-tale signs of summer is fresh sweet corn. Whether you’re enjoying summer picnics, barbecues or just a quiet dinner at home, sweet corn is a tasty and healthy addition to any meal. It has fiber and antioxidants that studies suggest may help reduce the risk of cancer, signs of aging and inflammation.

Not all corn can be enjoyed right off the cob like sweet corn. In fact, 99 percent of corn grown in the United States is field Full Article »

Business Insider Report on Monsanto Vegetables Featured Article

Business Insider has published a video report on how Monsanto is using crossbreeding techniques to develop “all natural” vegetables and fruits, including BellaFina peppersBeneforte broccoli, and Melorange Melon.

The report is featured as part of the publication’s “Game Changers” series, and you can view the video at “This Radically Faster Crossbreeding Technique is Changing Agriculture.”… Full Article »

Lettuce Talk About Salad Featured Article

By Carly Scaduto
Monsanto Vegetables Division

With National Salad Month in full swing, it’s time to explore the most important part of any salad – the leafy greens. Rich in fiber, calcium, potassium and vitamins C and K, it’s no wonder fresh lettuce is the key to a hearty salad.

Lettuce offers many nutritional benefits and is full of flavor, without any calorie-induced guilt. In fact, leafy greens are credited with lowering the risk of heart disease, improving bone health and aiding the digestive system.

The most common leafy green varieties are iceberg, romaine and spinach. While all varieties offer … Full Article »

More Proof that Monsanto Employees Eat Our Products Featured Article

By Kenny Avery
Vegetables Division

As the global lead for our vegetable seeds business, I’ve been asked if Monsanto really doesn’t serve our own products in the cafeterias. The fact is that this is a myth and if you don’t believe me, you can see me and several of my colleagues enjoying our vegetable products on TV May 3rd at 6:30 pm CDT during a segment on Al Jazeera America’s TechKnow show.

The segment will explore the high-tech science that enables our company to make vegetables more appealing to farmers, shippers, retailers and consumers.

The segment will only be … Full Article »

Using sensory science to breed better produce Featured Article

By Chow-Ming Lee, Ph.D.
Global Consumer Sensory Lead – Monsanto Vegetable Seeds Division

Walking down the produce aisle, you likely pick your fruits and vegetables largely based on visual appeal. The color, shape and size all play a role in whether you decide to purchase a certain fruit or vegetable, but ultimately great taste is what will encourage you to buy the produce again. My job at Monsanto is to study the science behind how senses influence consumer preference.

As a sensory scientist, or taste scientist, I work closely with consumers to study their perceptions of fruits and vegetables. These … 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 »

Why Does Monsanto and its Vegetable Seed Brands Patent Vegetable Seeds? Featured Article

Ever wonder why Monsanto and its vegetable seed brands Seminis and De Ruiter use patents or Plant Variety Protection (PVP) certificates to protect its vegetable seed products? Here’s some information to help you understand why.

But first, a few facts on Patents and PVPs: 


  • Patents on vegetables are no different than other patents. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) defines a patent as a property right granted by the Government of the United States of America to an inventor “to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the invention throughout the United States or
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Erasmus Students Visit Monsanto Vegetable Seeds Research Site in El Ejido, Spain Featured Article

Erasmus students, through the University of Almería, recently had the opportunity to visit the Monsanto Vegetable Research Centre in El Ejido (Almería, Spain), where they toured the site’s vegetable research operations.

Upon arrival, they received information about relevant R&D facts and figures and, were able to learn about Monsanto research sites in Spain, part of the company’s European region.

They also received information about R&D projects in crops like, tomato, cucumber, pepper or melon, together with technologies developed on cell biology. Then, students joined a tour thought the research facilities including pathology laboratory and greenhouses.

The visit took place within … Full Article »