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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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Monsanto is a seed company, not a GM company, European Vegetables Business Lead says

Ibrahim El MenschawiWhen many people think of Monsanto, they immediately think ‘Biotech’ and ‘GM’. Whilst we are proud of our global leadership position on GM crops, it will no doubt surprise many that GMOs are not actually Monsanto’s only focus.

Monsanto is a seed company. That’s what we do. The majority of Monsanto’s innovations are in crop and seed improvement, and in advanced conventional breeding techniques.

In fact, of the more than $4 million (USD) invested by Monsanto in R&D worldwide each day, less than half is spent specifically on GM technology.

Speaking to the IFAJ (International Federation of Agricultural Journalists) Congress in Aberdeen today, (5th September),  Monsanto’s EMEA Vegetable lead Ibrahim El Menschawi underlined this point and highlighted some of the many examples of no...

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Biodiversity and the role of agriculture

In light of the upcoming UN Seoul meeting on the UN Convention on Biological Diversity in October, the European Council has put forward a position paper stating that it will be supporting a number of conservation targets under the Biodiversity 2020 Strategy, including shaping the role of agriculture in the protection of the environment.

Since over half of the EU’s territory is managed by farmers (EU Biodiversity Strategy), member states have long upheld the view–reflected in the CAP and the Natura 2000 project–that a closer focus on rural development, including improving resource efficiency, limiting deforestation and imposing minimum mandatory spending on environmental measures in farms, will help restore biodiversity.

However, the problem is much more complex...

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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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The day the EU buried science: EU environment ministers put populism before facts

European Union Environment Ministers today endorsed a proposal to let EU governments restrict or prohibit cultivation of individual genetically modified crops at national or regional level for non-scientific policy reasons. The proposal will now be considered by the European Parliament and is expected, if adopted, to enter into force in late 2014 or during 2015.

Never mind that GM crops are virtually non-existent in Europe outside of Spain and Portugal, where they have been growing for more than 10 years and providing economic and environmental benefits to farmers and society alike. Never mind that Monsanto and other companies that sell GM crops have publicly stated their intention not to try to sell any new biotech seeds in Europe anytime soon.

The proposal makes clear that some EU membe...

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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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