Monsanto saves on carbon emissions equal to 13,000 trees in Germany

A certificate given to Monsanto in Germany by the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental Safety and Energy Technology for achieving large reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.

A certificate given to Monsanto in Germany by the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental Safety and Energy Technology for achieving a large reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.

In 2015, Monsanto’s crop protection operations in Germany reduced their greenhouse gas emissions by 179,841 kilograms, or 180 tonnes, as a result of an eco-friendly packaging initiative. This is equivalent to 12,962 trees absorbing greenhouse emissions in Europe. The achievement was validated by the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental Safety and Energy Technology (Fraunhofer Umsicht) in Germany.

This carbon footprint calculation is a direct result of Monsanto’s efforts in recycling agricultural packaging. We did not achieve this feat all alone: we worked in partnership with the PAMIRA® programme, also based...

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Monsanto launches #CO2MUCH campaign: Combating Agriculture’s Carbon Footprint

Image of #CO2Much Campaign banner.Agriculture’s carbon footprint totals about six billion tonnes of greenhouse gases (GHGs) each year, making up 13% of global emissions. In fact, after the energy sector, agriculture is the world’s second-highest emitter.

Looking ahead, mitigating emissions and the effects of climate change will be crucial to preserving our planet. But with a growing global population and changing consumption habits, set to rise to over nine billion people by 2050, demand for food and in turn food production will also rise. With this in mind, it’s clear that reducing the impact of the agriculture sector will play a particularly crucial role in keeping global temperature targets below a 2oC rise.

That’s why Monsanto, in Europe and the rest of the world, is working to spread awareness and highlight to t...

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Awards go to digital innovation on the farm at EuroScience Open Forum 2016

A Combine Harvester on a farm. Image courtesy of CommBeBiz.

A Combine Harvester on a farm. Image courtesy of CommBeBiz.

This year, Europe’s biggest science festival, the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF16), was held in Manchester in the UK. Notable speakers included Dr Emmanuelle Charpentier, one of the scientists at the vanguard of the exciting genome technology CRISPR-Cas9, and director of the Max Planck Institute in Germany, as well as Andre Geim, professor at the University of Manchester UK who shared a Nobel prize for his discovery of the wonder material graphene.

About 4,500 thinkers, innovators, policy makers, journalists and educators from more than 90 countries attended ESOF16. One of the highlights that caught our attention was from CommBeBiz, an organisation partly funded by the European Commission, and their Innovation Awards in research...

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Ghent university and Bayer partner to improve soil health on farms

To improve agriculture in Europe sometimes you have to reach out and touch someone. From 29 June to 1 July 2016, agriculture and life sciences company Bayer put on its annual Forward Farming event, on a farm just outside Brussels in Belgium, to showcase a plethora of digital farm practices and technologies to invited guests. One was a joint university and Bayer project to scan the soil with digital tools to help a farmer work more efficiently and ecologically.

This two-minute video shows how precision farming helps farmer Jacob farm better and more ecologically in the Netherlands.

To be clear this story has nothing to do with the fact Bayer is trying to buy us. Monsanto also sees a future in precision farming as supported by our investment in the Climate Corporation back in 2013 and our...

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Monsanto replaces vegetable seed coating with more sustainable potato starch

Tomato seeds with potato starch seed coating

Tomato seeds with potato starch seed coating that protects the seed and young plant from pests and disease. These coatings normally have colours to help identification of treated seeds and can make seed storage, handling and measurement easier.

Contrary to what many may think environmentally sustainable solutions are being developed by our researchers in Europe. Take conventional vegetable seeds for example; from tomato to onion seeds — when certain types of seed are planted on European farmland they require treatment to protect them from the environment in their nascent states. Small doses of plant protection products are applied and stick to the seeds. These are synthetic-based seed coatings...

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Monsanto Is Recruiting for New Talent in Amsterdam

Are you interested in a job at an innovative, science-driven company committed to sustainable intensification of agriculture and making a balanced meal more accessible to everyone? If so, you might be interested in joining Monsanto’s new European operational centre in the Netherlands.

DSC03655As part of a two-year business transformation announced last year, Monsanto is restructuring its European operations, streamlining some sites and activities and investing in others. The creation of a new operational centre in Amsterdam is one of the biggest changes. We already employ 800 people in the Netherlands–primarily in our thriving vegetable seeds business–and are expanding a vegetable seed logistics hub in Enkhuizen.

Our Amsterdam-based team is actively recruiting for new talent in Digital Analytic...

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Glyphosate: Monsanto statement on European Commission extension (EN/DE/FR/NL/ES/IT/RO)

In response to today’s action by the European Commission to only temporarily extend the authorisation of glyphosate for 18 months, Dr. Philip W. Miller, Monsanto’s vice president of global regulatory and governmental affairs, released the following statement:

Today’s decision by the European Commission to temporarily extend glyphosate’s authorisation by 18 months ensures that European farmers, municipalities, gardeners and other users will continue to have access to the herbicide glyphosate while a longer-term solution to the product’s reauthorisation is found.

 European farmers, municipalities, gardeners and other users have depended on glyphosate for 40 years as a safe, efficient and cost-effective tool for weed control...

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Farmers more pessimistic about Europe’s agriculture future

A farmer uses glyphosate on barley with no till farming techniques to reduce their environmental impact.

A farmer uses glyphosate on barley with no till farming techniques to reduce his environmental impact.

The future of farming in Europe looks bleak, according to a survey of over 8,000 farmers released on 16 June 2016 by the European Farmers and European Agri-Cooperatives lobby group Copa-Cogeca. These farmers, based in 11 European Union Member States and surveyed between January and April 2016, shared their thoughts on their dissatisfaction with farming income and their disappointment of an economic turnaround. Of all the EU Member States, only farmers in Denmark and Sweden were optimistic about the current and future situation.

Currently one sign that events may get worse for European farmers is the issue around herbicides containing glyphosate...

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Photo editors: That’s not Roundup they’re spraying! EN/FR

Open letter to European photo editors

Dear editor,

It has come to our attention over the past weeks and months that most European photo editors routinely choose photos of farmers spraying something that cannot possibly be Roundup or other glyphosate-based herbicides over the tops of their crops to illustrate the current public debate about the use of glyphosate in agriculture. We’re talking about photos like this:

Farmer spraying crop. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

This cannot possibly be glyphosate for the simple reason that glyphosate is an herbicide. That means it kills plants. It is designed to kill weeds, but if a farmer sprays it on his or her crop it would also kill the crop...

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Why do farmers need glyphosate? An answer in 10 weeds

By Brandon Mitchener and Jaden Elsasser

The current political debate around the use of glyphosate in agriculture in Europe is permeated with the simple notions that weed control is optional and that if glyphosate were banned, farmers would just let the weeds grow, because who do they really harm anyway?

Any farmer knows the proper reseponse to that question: Weeds are the enemy! They compete with crops for light and water. Some of them are highly invasive and spread much faster than what the farmer is trying to grow. They can clog up machinery. Some of them are even highly toxic to people and farm animals; if too much of them end up in the harvest, the crop is unusable and might even have to be condemned...

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