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AquaTEK helps farmers save water, energy & time (EN/IT)

Millions undernourished today. A growing population. Fierce competition for fresh water. A finite and shrinking supply of arable land. Climate change with increasingly unpredictable weather. New insects and pathogens. That’s the situation farmers face today, and one that challenges us all as long as we aspire to eat.

Monsanto can’t solve all the world’s challenges, but one thing we can do is work together with farmers and others to help make agriculture more efficient so we can reduce pressure on the natural resources we have left.

One of our flagship partnerships in Europe is AquaTEK®, which began as a three-year collaboration with Israeli drip irrigation experts at Netafim, the University of Milan and HydroBio, and is now a successful commercial offer popular with farmers in Italy’s Po ...

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New Monsanto team-up with HydroBio propels remote sensing in farming

This image is an example of the visual data that can be derived from remote sensing techniques. The top picture represents a true-color image, the middle an infrared image, and the bottom an elevation image. Image courtesy of  US National Ocean Service.

This image is an example of the visual data that can be derived from remote sensing techniques. The top picture represents a true-color image, the middle an infrared image and the bottom an elevation image. Image courtesy of US National Ocean Service.

Successfully feeding a global population of eight billion by 2030 is estimated to need 30% to 45% more water, according to the World Bank Group. It’s clear that we need to avoid wastage of the supplies we already have. Innovations in technology may well provide the key.

Remote sensing uses satellite imagery to scan the earth to collect data in the form of statistics or images...

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Urban Agriculture: Blurring urban-rural boundaries can benefit us beyond food security

Urban agriculture improves the view of a traditionally dull office building in Fukuoka, Japan. Courtesy of Emilio Ambasz and Associates.

Urban agriculture improves the view of a traditionally dull office building in Fukuoka, Japan. Courtesy of Emilio Ambasz and Associates.

Currently, it’s estimated that over 800 million people are involved in urban agriculture globally. Urban agriculture has the potential to offer a lot more than increased food security and the ability to feed ourselves from produce grown from the most local of sources. With this practice, appropriate spaces in urban areas can be used for farming and help reduce pressure on wetlands and other areas rich in biodiversity.

There has always been a divide of perception between urban and rural areas. Like night and day and East and West, they were traditionally seen as opposite ends of the same spectrum...

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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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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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Thanks for reading – The Monsanto Europe-Africa blog is one year old

91_Catalog_Sm_RGBAs the month of May gets into full swing, Europe is a hive of activity celebrating food and agriculture. This buzz is of course led by EXPO Milano 2015, which kicked off its 6-month-long celebration of the food we eat on the 1st of May under the theme of Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.

The aim of the EXPO Milano is to embrace technology, innovation, culture, traditions, creativity and how they relate to food and diet, with a principal focus on the the right to healthy, secure and sufficient food for all the world’s inhabitants. We couldn’t agree more with these aims, and we have long been proud to champion them.

At Monsanto we also have another reason to celebrate. This May marks the first anniversary of this blog.

The initial reason we started this blog was to raise awareness of...

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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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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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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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