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Monsanto launches #RootedInScience campaign

Darwin_misrepresentationEvery day in Europe seems to bring a new attack by non-governmental organisations, Greens and others on everything from plant breeding techniques to pesticides (think: glyphosate) to genetically modified seeds and ingredients. Yesterday, European governments failed to reach an agreement on the renewal of glyphosate, the main ingredient in the world’s most widely used herbicide, as the result of an epic onslaught of NGO spin and fearmongering ominously echoed by some misinformed European politicians. Tomorrow marks the annual March against Monsanto, in which angry mobs–especially in France–plan to demonstrate against Monsanto for presumed grievances, most based on conspiracy theories.

Given this context, it’s probably timely that Monsanto is launching a social media campaign celebrating the...

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How the UN, Monsanto and microbes can help improve global nutrition

On 1 April 2016, the United Nations General Assembly in New York, proclaimed a ‘UN Decade of Action on Nutrition’ to run from 2016 to 2025. This initiative by the UN is an approach which recognises the importance of tackling the fight against world hunger and malnutrition by working with the private sector.

It will be led by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Health Organization (WHO), in partnership with the World Food Programme (WFP), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

The fundamental role of the business community was already highlighted by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during the United Nations forum in September 2015...

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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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Hungry for Change – Why does chronic hunger still exist in 2015? – Encore la faim – Pourquoi la faim chronique existe-t-elle encore en 2015?

For many of us, thankfully, hunger is not an everyday reality we face, however for approximately 795 million people worldwide, chronic hunger is not only daily reality, but also–tragically–the future.

On 27 May, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) released its annual State of Food Insecurity in the World report. The results are startling and saddening. What is even more unsettling is the fact that the 795-million figure is seen as triumph. 25 years ago, one billion people were suffering from starvation. How jubilant can we be, though, when such a large number of people still go hungry every day? José Graziano da Silva, the director general of the FAO, stated that the “near achievement” of the Millenium Development Goals was a step in the right direction...

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Food for thought from this year’s Forum of the Future of Agriculture

On Tuesday, we attended the 9th Annual Forum for the Future of Agriculture (FFA) in Brussels. The FFA addresses key issues relating to food and environment security agendas throughout Europe and the world. This year, key speakers included European Union Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan, Cass Sunstein, Behavioral Economics and Public Policy professor at Harvard, and UN Special Advisor on post-2015 Development Planning, the formidable Amina Mohammed.  Whilst the day-long conference raised a number of challenging issues, for us, three issues really stood out.

We are the first generation able to end hunger, the last to be able to avoid the worst impacts of man-made climate change

MVI_4125.MOV.Still003It’s a pretty startling thought. We have at once a foot on the mountain top, and a foot on the precipice...

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Forty days without meat?

By Lieselot Bertho

“How to feed the world?” has been a question that has fascinated me since I was a child. At the age of 10, I was proudly announcing to anyone that would listen that I was going save the world from hunger and disease. My vision was somewhat punctured when someone pulled me up short by asking how exactly I planned to feed everyone. Clearly, I didn’t have an answer, and the complex reality of how we can realistically feed the world started to hit home. Years later, this question still drives me.

In 2011 the world’s population grew above the unprecedented number of 7 billion. Population growth is not going to slow down. According to some predictions, the population will double in less than 100 years. Knowing that some 805 million people in the world already struggle ...

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Doing our part to help eradicate hunger and malnutrition

Last week, Alistair Hide, Monsanto’s Corporate Affairs Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa, attended the FAO/WHO-led International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) in Rome. The event was a follow-up to the first FAO/WHO-led conference on nutrition held in 1992.

Held under the United Nations umbrella, the conference was convened to address malnutrition on a global scale, and agree on a framework for global action. Malnutrition–once more commonly associated with developing countries–concerns both lack of nutrition and obesity, and is seen as key to the war on non- communicable diseases (which are non- infectious and non- transmissible)  in both developing and developed countries.

Representatives from over 170 countries committed to eradicating hunger and preventing all forms of malnut...

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Interning for The Devil

Caroline (right) and a colleague at the Economist's Feeding the World conference in London in February.

Caroline (right) and a colleague at the Economist’s Feeding the World conference in London in February.

By Caroline Emde, Public Affairs Intern in Brussels, Belgium

Studying at the University of Missouri, I was quite familiar with the Monsanto name and reputation. I have watched documentaries such as “Food Inc.” and “The World According to Monsanto” that portray big agriculture as corrupt and evil.  However, when I was offered an internship with Monsanto in connection with my journalism and communication studies I gratefully accepted the opportunity...

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Feeding the world

This month’s National Geographic magazine and its website feature a sensible new exploration of how we are going to meet the challenge of feeding 9 billion people.

Although there is still a lot of unnecessary angst around this topic, we are all going to have to find a way of producing more from less if we want to avoid seeing millions more people suffer from hunger than is already the case today. The article argues for a less polarized, more intelligent approach to solving the problem, which is real. As it says, “We would be wise to explore all of the good ideas, whether from organic and local farms or high-tech and conventional farms and blend the best from both.” That seems reasonable to us.

Read the full article here


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