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Bayer and Monsanto to Create a Global Leader in Agriculture

(Republished from the Monsanto corporate website:

  • Realizes a shared vision of integrated agricultural offerings, delivering enhanced solutions for growers and creates a leading innovation engine for the next generation of farming
  • USD 128 per share in all-cash transaction, represents 44 percent premium to Monsanto shareholders and an aggregate value of USD 66 billion
  • Significant value creation with expected annual synergies of approximately USD 1.5 billion after year three; plus additional synergies from integrated solutions in future years
  • Bayer shareholders expected to benefit from accretion to core EPS in the first full year after closing and double-digit percentage accretion in the third full year
  • Committed to retaining strong pres...
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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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Synthetic biology: creating a better future for our global agricultural system

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Synthetic biology (SynBio) at its core is a meeting of minds between engineering and biotechnology. Researchers working on SynBio aim to understand how life starts by studying DNA engineering; that is to say, how to write and program DNA in order to create novel organisms. This tool could be used in medicine to develop vaccines and make cancer cells self-destruct said George Church, Professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School, US,  in 2010.

While traditional genetic engineering is a matter of cutting and pasting gene-parts from one organism to another, synthetic biology engineering is able to write an entire genetic code. SynBio researchers use online databases of genetic codes to put together genes and gene-parts via computer modelling...

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Why do farmers use glyphosate? A picture speaks a thousand words


By Brandon Mitchener

The current public discussion about glyphosate–the main active ingredient in Monsanto’s popular Roundup® herbicide–has many people who aren’t experts in agriculture asking ‘Why do farmers need to use weed killers anyway?’

The Romanian Farm Progress Show underway this week demonstrates why in a simple, visual way. Three plots in parallel strips among the maize fields of western Romania show what happens when no herbicides are used side by side with strips in which herbicides were applied using different techniques.

The most common use of Roundup® in Romania and many other countries is what’s called “stubble treatment”, in which the herbicide is applied after the harvest to kill any weeds that remain and allow the farmer to replant in the same field without having to p...

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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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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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Roundup® Gel gets regulatory green light for home and garden use in Germany / Roundup® Gel für den Haus- und Kleingartenbereich zugelassen

Almost exactly 40 years following the approval of the first Roundup® herbicide products in Germany, the country’s regulatory authorities have just approved the newest addition to the Roundup® family line-up for home gardeners following a long and thorough review.

Roundup® Gel represents the latest generation of weed killer for the home and garden user. As the name suggests, it comes in the form of a gel, a new formulation that enables greater precision.

“We are very conscious of our responsibility towards consumers,” said Ralph Dyrnes, commercial head of the international lawn & garden products at Monsanto. “It took a lot of investment in research and development to create a product that is even more user-friendly than spray-bottle formulations,” he said...

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“Son of Séralini” – Monsanto’s response to his latest PR stunt

By Brandon Mitchener

Three years ago, Prof. Gilles-Eric Séralini shocked the world with a PR campaign alleging that feeding lab rats genetically modified (GM) maize and water laced with herbicide lead to the development of terrible tumors. His research was later retracted by the same scientific journal that had published, only to be republished a year later in a lesser journal. We have reacted to that saga elsewhere.

Now, just like the line from The Shining, and using the same scare tactics, “He’s back!”

Today in Paris, Mr. Séralini is telling people that all tests done on lab rats for the past decade or more–including his own–were invalid because of alleged “contamination” by GM ingredients and pesticides...

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Broadening the conversation

where-seeds-come-fromWhen many people think of Monsanto, if they’ve heard of us at all, they think ”GMO.” Globally that’s probably not far from the mark. Genetically modified organisms are an important part of our business, and an important part of farmers’ toolkits worldwide. But GMOs are just one of a broad range of solutions that Monsanto offers farmers to help produce more, better and more affordable food more efficiently.

In Europe, our second biggest business sales region globally, traditional, or non-GM agriculture represents more than 99.5 percent of our business...

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Any future for green biotech in Europe?

Whatever happened to green biotech in Europe? Despite being one of the most vibrant and innovative industries on the planet, with the potential to solve many of our greatest challenges, green, or agricultural, biotech is a never-ending source of angst in Europe and increasingly, in the U.S., where non-governmental organisations and organic interests increasingly are spreading the same sorts of misinformation that undermined public confidence in green biotech in Europe. (Check out Jimmy Kimmel’s fantastic mockumentary on California organic food shoppers’ complete obliviousness to the meaning of GMOs, which they claim to despise.)

It wasn’t always this way...

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