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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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10 weeks at ‘MonSatan’: My work for the Dark Side

By Rachel Moore

When I was first offered a summer internship at Monsanto, I’ll be honest – I hesitated.

I knew almost nothing about agriculture, GMOs or biotechnology (although I now know that those last two barely apply to Monsanto Europe, which is focused on traditional seeds). I felt extremely under-qualified for a position at a multinational corporation, much less one so successful. My greatest strengths were long-form journalism, napping and drinking coffee. Could I survive at a billion-dollar company?

The answer is no. I did not survive at Monsanto. I thrived here. This company, this office, these people – they’re all amazing. I learned quickly, read everything I could get my hands on and felt comfortable almost immediately.

However, I will admit that I wasn’t prepared for ho...

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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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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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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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Innovation, what’s that all about?

 “I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.”

— John Cage

Well said, John Cage. John Milton Cage Jr, composer, music theorist, writer, and artist, was someone who believed in new ideas. He revolutionised the way the 20th century perceived music. That’s great you may say, but why does Monsanto care and perhaps more specifically, why should you care? We are both talking about innovation.

On Feb. 6, the Food Innovation Summit in Brussels brought together policy makers, industry and food experts to debate the issues facing European agriculture and food today and how to use innovation to help solve them. As we learned in Davos a couple of weeks ago (you can read our blog post on Davos here), food security and climate change are two of th...

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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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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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