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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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Fighting the hydra of science myths: an interview with Kavin Senapathy

We interviewed Kavin Senapthy on food myths and counter movements, food education and how consumers both in Europe and beyond can be better informed about where their food comes from and how it is produced.

Kavin Senapathy

Who is Kavin Senapathy?

Kavin Senapathy is a science communicator tackling myths on science, health and food. She is the co-Executive Director of international pro-science, pro-biotech organization March Against Myths, and co-author of “The Fear Babe: Shattering Vani Hari’s Glass House,” a book discussing popular food misconceptions and why they proliferate in the face of mountains of evidence against them...

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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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Monsanto launches new French website to help people discover our role in helping to make balanced diets more accessible (EN/FR)

FRA_D02S01_produce-113(4) Web Where does our food come from? Is it safe? Is it nutritious? Will we have enough food? Is intensive agriculture sustainable? What is plant breeding? What is biotechnology? What about pesticides? What, or who is Monsanto?

In the past, Monsanto has often struggled to explain its role in the food chain to consumers because, as a business-to-business seed company, Monsanto’s only customers are farmers and the occasional home vegetable gardener. Our corporate websites were written accordingly, for an expert audience of farmers, regulators and others who already know a lot about the way seeds are bred and grown and food is produced.

In order to better respond to consumers’ growing interest in how their food is produced, and to be transparent about Monsanto’s rather humble role in the food chai...

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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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Is organic food better for you?

The past week’s headlines in The Guardian, Huffington Post and other left-of-centre news sites were triumphant: “Clear differences between organic and non-organic food.” “Organic food has more antioxidants.” “Significant difference between organic and conventional food.” “Organic food better for your health.” And so on. It was the study that the organic crowd was just waiting for–particularly given that most previous studies, including one funded by the UK government and another by Stanford University, had found no significant difference between organic food and conventional food other than price and no health benefits at all. Finally, a study that proves them right!

Except that it doesn’t.

Mini pepper from Monsanto vegetable seedsThe study — actually a scientific review of previously published research on organic food — was fun...

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Biotech at its best: Aussie ‘super’ bananas could reduce Vitamin A deficiency, saving hundreds of thousands of children’s lives each year

By Brandon Mitchener

More than 10 years ago now, I wrote an article on how the EU debate over genetically modified seeds and foods was stopping Ugandans from accessing the solutions that could help feed their population, and could help prevent disease and destruction of their most vial crops.  One of the most alarming examples was that of bananas.

For Ugandans, bananas are more than a staple, they are “food” (they are actually called “food” in Uganda). Ugandans eat more bananas than any other nation.  But the debate then raging over biotech foods in Europe was preventing Ugandans from doing field trials with banana seeds that could resist one of the banana plants’ biggest threats–leaf disease.

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Twelve years later the debate still rages on, but I was heartened to hear recently t...

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Biotechnology in Africa: Growing voices see role in enhanced food security and nutrition

It’s exceedingly rare to see a kind word about green biotechnology–genetically modified organisms or seeds–in The Guardian, which tends to be rabidly anti-business.

It’s noteworthy, therefore, that The Guardian published a reasonable commentary this week by Calestous Juma, faculty chair of the Innovation for Economic Development Programme at Harvard University’s Kennedy School, titled “Feeding Africa: why biotechnology sceptics are wrong to dismiss GM“.

The article does not mention Monsanto once, which may have helped it find favour with The Guardian. We’re not offended. Instead, we welcome the focus on issues and facts: food security, nutrition, and the role that GM seeds and crops are already playing in some countries, and could play in others.

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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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