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Monsanto outlines next steps in European transformation (EN/FR/ES/RO)

The global agricultural sector faces economic headwinds, many changes in technology and increasing competitive pressures. Globally, we are committed to driving a transformation that delivers significant cost savings and best positions the company for future growth within this challenging business environment.

As a consequence, Monsanto is transforming the company’s operations globally over the next 2-3 years in order to be able to continue to deliver best-in-class agronomic solutions and services to our customers.

This transformation involves several changes, including making major investments in technology, investing in some locations and scaling back our presence in others. Many internal changes have already been proposed. Others are still under discussion.

We have around 3,700 full-ti...

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Monsanto France: 600 people delivering innovative, quality products to farmers in France and abroad // Monsanto ancre sa présence en France autour de trois priorités stratégiques

By Brandon Mitchener and Yann Fichet

Ask the average man on the street in France what Monsanto does, and chances are they’ll either not have heard of Monsanto at all, or believe that the only thing we sell is genetically modified (GM) seeds. The reality, Monsanto France told journalists today at its annual press conference, is more mundane–we sell entirely non-controversial, non-GM seeds and crop protection products, along with a popular weed killer–but no less motivating.

Monsanto has been active in France for more than 40 years, and continues to grow in response to steady demand from farmers in France and abroad...

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Monsanto publishes 2014 Sustainability Report

Monsanto today released its latest Sustainability Report, a 168-page report prepared in accordance with Global Reporting Initiative guidelines.

Since announcing its first sustainability commitment framework in 2008, the company has advanced its three sustainability principles: (1) improving the lives of farmers, workers and communities, (2) producing enough food to make a balanced meal accessible to all, and (3) conserving Earth’s resources and preserving the natural environment.

“When it comes to growing food, members of the food value chain have a tremendous responsibility and opportunity to advance sustainable agriculture,” said Jesus Madrazo, Monsanto’s Vice President of Corporate Engagement...

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Mmmmh! Monsanto Romania Puts Spotlight on Mamaliga

Chef Vasile Nicolae ready to cook a suite of delicious mamaliga recipesRomanians are proud of their traditional food, and one of their favourite dishes is mamaliga, a variation on what the Italians call polenta, or cornbread. Made of cornmeal, mamaliga has experienced a steady rise in popularity and became a regular feature in gourmet menus around the world.

A good mamaliga starts with good maize bred specially for making mamaliga, polenta, or whatever the locals in each country call it. Monsanto’s DEKALB® seed brand includes maize varieties specific for producing a good corn meal for mamaliga in countries where it is popular, including Romania and Italy.

Mamaliga is easy to make and can be combined with almost anything...

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Monsanto France expands production capacity to meet growing local and export demand

At a news conference in Paris today, Monsanto France described the company’s commitment to meeting growing customer demand in high-quality maize, oilseed rape and vegetable seeds by expanding local production as well as research and development.

Catherine Lamboley, president of Monsanto SAS, told a news conference in Paris that the company had invested around €137 million to expand its two main seed production facilities in France over the past year. “France is one of the most important markets for Monsanto outside the United States,” she said. “Half of French farmers and 3 million French gardeners use Monsanto products.” Monsanto’s French seed production plants also export seeds to more than 30 countries.

The company’s investments in France are part of a broader expansion of its conven...

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What is sustainable agriculture?

MONS09_1729 by Brandon Mitchener

What is sustainable agriculture? If you listen to certain organic groups, it is only agriculture that shuns all chemical pesticides and fertilizers. According to textbooks used in French high schools, sustainable agriculture (l’agriculture durable) is officially taught as something that stands in opposition to intensive agriculture (l’agriculture productiviste), which makes it sound as if anything efficient is by definition unsustainable.

Let’s do a reality-check. Would you consider agriculture more sustainable if it:

1.Needs less land, or more land, per unit of output?
2.Needs less water, or more?
3.Needs less energy, or more?
4.Needs less tillage (ploughing), or more?
5.Results in less waste, or more?
6.Results in more stable yields, or less stable yields?
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Myth #1: Monsanto controls the world’s food supply

by Brandon Mitchener

Today, we’ll begin a series of blog posts looking at some of the most common myths about Monsanto. We’ve also collected these in a pocket-sized Monsanto Myths & Facts leaflet that you can find here.

Myth #1: There’s a popular myth propagated by certain Web-based petition sites that Monsanto controls the world’s food supply, or wants to. This is a myth, folks. Really!

While it’s true that Monsanto has a healthy business in a few crops such as maize, rapeseed, cotton and soybeans in some countries, our seeds actually represent less than five percent of the seeds planted worldwide. Five percent. Hardly what most people would consider control!

What a lot of people don’t realize is that about two-thirds of agricultural seed planted globally is non-commercial, farmer-saved...

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Monsanto – Myths & Facts

Monsanto_Myths_and_Facts_ENMonsanto gets lots of awards: for sustainability, innovation, corporate equality, cultural competence, corporate responsibility, top science employer— even for being a Great Place to Work.

At the same time, the Internet abounds with tales of another Monsanto of allegedly dark past and purpose. Many of these tales have been repeated so often, by so many people, that they have become lore, no matter how wrong they are.

Our new Monsanto Myths & Facts guide provides a set of factual statements about Monsanto as well as responses to the most common myths that you might encounter, especially online, where fact-checking seems to be in particularly short supply. It is for anyone who wants to learn more, and includes lots of links to additional sources of information...

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Where do seeds come from?


Every day, we eat foods that grew from a seed. But where do the seeds come from? Many people have no idea how seeds are grown, harvested and processed before they end up as food on their plate.

One of Monsanto’s specialties is the breeding, cultivation and production of seeds that help farmers grow more, better and more affordable food with less land, energy, water, waste and worry. In Europe, we process seeds from thousands of local growers at five sites in France, Hungary, Romania and Turkey.

To see what goes on in a Monsanto seed plant, and how it fits in the bigger scheme of food production from plant breeding to final food products, check out our new virtual maize seed plant...

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