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Monsanto response to activist video published by The Guardian

The Guardian has published Monsanto’s response to an activist video rife with misinformation that was presented as news. Our response follows a fruitless exchange with The Guardian’s Readers Editor, who refused to remove the video from the Guardian’s website despite its being a piece of blatant propaganda. It’s a shame that the Guardian couldn’t even introduce our response without mistakes, misidentifying the author of the Monsanto letter, Daniel Kruithoff, as “Managing editor of Monsanto Australia & New Zealand.” Actually, he’s the head of our business in those two countries. Monsanto is not yet a publishing organisation. But sadly facts and accuracy don’t always seem to be top priority for the Guardian these days.

Here is what we said:

Last week the Guardian published a video called “...

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AquaTEK precision farming project will help make maize production more sustainable (IT/ES)

By Rachel Moore

An excellent product does not always mean an excellent process. Food “made in Italy” is one of the undisputed jewels of the country, but there is ample room for improvement in the fields.

“Italian agriculture, and in particular maize production, is not making full use of the innovations made available by technology,” said Federico Bertoli, the commercial director of Monsanto Italy. Bertoli presented the AquaTEK water conservation project at the Milan EXPO workshop organised by the National Research Council on 1 July at the Italy Pavilion.

The project, focused on water conservation in cropping systems, began in 2013 as a public-private partnership between Monsanto Italy, Netafim and the University of Milan...

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World Population Day: How Do We Feed A Growing Population?

By Brandie Piper

Monsanto Corporate Engagement team

In 1989, the United Nations established World Population Day, on 11 July, to bring awareness to issues that arise with the rapidly growing population. Since then, the world’s population has grown from 5.1 billion people to more than 7.2 billion people today. And by 2050, the world’s population is projected to rise to 9.6 billion people. Sustainably growing enough food for a growing world will be one of the greatest challenges facing humankind, and it’s one challenge that Monsanto is partnering with others to help solve.

The United Nations’ Department of Economic and Social Affairs reports half of the world’s population growth between now and 2050 will occur in Africa...

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ARC approves drought-tolerant maize trait for South Africa

By Rachel Moore

On 19 June, the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) announced the authorisation of new drought-tolerant maize trait MON 87460 in the Republic of South Africa. The trait was originally licensed by Monsanto as part of the Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) project, which has been in a public-private partnership with the ARC since 2008.

Dr Kingstone Mashingaidze, Research Team Manager, Plant Breeding and Country Coordinator of the WEMA project in South Africa, called the authorisation “a significant step forward” in the “fight against food shortages” that plague smallholder farmers. “The ARC, with its WEMA partners, is excited to bring this new drought trait to the market for smallholder farmers royalty-free in South Africa,” he said.

WEMA farmerThe ARC previously launched two ...

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A response to Russia Today’s report on Bt cotton in India

By Arun Gopalakrishnan

A recent report by Russia Today titled, “GMO that kills: GM-cotton problems drive Indian farmers to suicide” has been making the rounds in various social media platforms. While it aims to showcase nothing less than complete devastation in India’s cotton fields, the reality is completely different.

If ever there was a ready example of how technology directly translates into improved standards of living for farmers, it would be India’s success story in cotton. Since the introduction of hybrid Bt cotton seeds in 2002 and farmers choosing to plant them widely since, farmers have turned India into the world’s largest producer of cotton...

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Thanks for reading – The Monsanto Europe-Africa blog is one year old

91_Catalog_Sm_RGBAs the month of May gets into full swing, Europe is a hive of activity celebrating food and agriculture. This buzz is of course led by EXPO Milano 2015, which kicked off its 6-month-long celebration of the food we eat on the 1st of May under the theme of Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.

The aim of the EXPO Milano is to embrace technology, innovation, culture, traditions, creativity and how they relate to food and diet, with a principal focus on the the right to healthy, secure and sufficient food for all the world’s inhabitants. We couldn’t agree more with these aims, and we have long been proud to champion them.

At Monsanto we also have another reason to celebrate. This May marks the first anniversary of this blog.

The initial reason we started this blog was to raise awareness of...

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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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On World Water Day, thinking about ways to conserve and protect it

Today is International World Water Day.   Initiated by the United Nations in 1993, it was established as a means of focusing the world’s attention- if for only one day- on the global importance of fresh water.  It’s been held every year since, every 22nd March. This year, the theme is Water and Sustainable Development – two issues that we at Monsanto are very passionate about.

A few facts about water:

-          According to the UN, today, 748 million people lack access to safe drinking water and 2.5 billion do not have access to adequate sanitation.

-          Between the years 2000 and 2050, the UN estimates that global demand for water for industrial production will have grown by 400%.

-          To produce a calorie of food requires a litre of water

World Water Day Collage 2015At...

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No, Monsanto is not spreading a bacterial plague in Italy or developing GM olive trees / Dietro alla Xylella non c’è Monsanto

The latest ridiculous rumor making the rounds in Italy is that Monsanto is spreading a nasty bacterium (Xylella fastidiosa) that is plaguing Italy’s olive farmers in order to sell them genetically modified (GM) olive trees that are resistant to the bacterium.

Folks, we hear a lot of ridiculous myths about Monsanto every day, but this is the single most ridiculous thing that we’ve heard in years. It is pure propaganda that seems intended to demonize all agrochemicals. Shame on anyone who is spreading such lies and propaganda!

The facts:

1) Monsanto is not developing GM olive trees.

2) In fact we don’t sell olive trees (or seeds) at all. Our business in Europe is focused on non-GM maize, oilseed rape, vegetables and crop protection products and we have no intention of seeking authorisation...

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DEKALB® unveils a new look and brand promise to Europe’s farmers: SEED YOUR SUCCESS

DEKALB electric wing and Seed Your SuccessUnderlining a significant investment in production capacity in Europe, Monsanto’s DEKALB® seeds brand now has a new look and promise to the region’s farmers: DEKALB will help SEED YOUR SUCCESS.

The 100-year old seed brand is being relaunched in Europe with a modern upgrade of its iconic winged maize cob look, new seed bags, new websites and new, improved online services for customers.

The start of a new year marks the launch of the first websites to sport the new look and feel in English, French, Italian, Spanish, Czech, Slovakian, Russian and Ukrainian. Other sites will follow in coming weeks and months.

“The investment in new marketing and communications tools underlines our commitment to helping ensure farmers’ success with a broad range of solutions for better harvests with less waste...

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