By Carlos Vicente Alberto, Sustainability Lead, Europe & Middle East, Monsanto
In 1985, during my final project at the School of Agricultural Engineers in Madrid, I embarked on something that may still seem strange to those unfamiliar with agriculture: growing plants without soil. The idea was to design a farm producing chicory using hydroponics, something that my classmates found novel at the time.
By Kerry Preete, Executive Vice President, Global Strategy, Monsanto
On Nov. 6, I attended the World Water Summit in London, an event hosted by The Economist for the purpose of bringing together representatives from the private sector, NGOs and governments to discuss challenges related to global water use.
I was proud to share with the attendees some of the work we’re doing at Monsanto to help farmers produce enough food to nourish a growing planet while also freezing the footprint of agriculture.
Enactus students from the United States saw a way to cultivate hope for disabled veterans by hiring them to help work a pepper farm. A seasoning is derived from the peppers and then sold to fund the farm’s operations. In addition to employment, the veterans find a source of therapy in nurturing their plants. How much more do veterans earn per week? Find out at: http://enactus.org/seeopportunity/project-gallery/project/datil-peppers/.
Charles Barber has the original Keystone pipeline running through four of his Nebraska farms
As Charles Barber walks over remnants of last autumn’s corn harvest, it’s impossible to tell the existing Keystone Pipeline System runs deep beneath his feet. Since the pipeline began operation in July 2010, more than 600-million barrels of oil have safely traveled through the Keystone pipeline that runs through Barber’s farm.
Conscientious Americans have taken numerous actions at the workplace and at home to save our Earth's resources and sustain the environment. All of these efforts are important, but the most critical arena of operations in the effort to preserve our planet is one that may surprise you: the farm.
After decades of conventional farm practices of plowing, bedding rows, planting and multiple cultivations, the soil on our South Carolina farm seemed “tired,” and so were we. We recognized there is a need for a delicate balance between forcing the soil to produce an annual crop and empowering the soil’s natural ability to be productive. That’s why our farm decided to look into conservation practices of no-till, cover crops and wildlife management that could improve our soil, our area’s ecosystem, and hopefully, our crops’ productivity.
By Martha Schlicher, Corporate Engagement, Monsanto
International Women’s Day was established to promote progress and equality for women in all walks of life and all fields. Agriculture is one area where the contributions of women are widespread, critically important and rapidly growing. Yet, these contributions also are not as well-known or appreciated as they should be.
ST. LOUIS, March 3, 2014 /3BL Media/ - She works every aspect of the farm, keeps everyone on task, and even advocates for the industry she loves. Farm moms are amazing women, and Monsanto Company wants to continue recognizing their efforts. As a result, the company today announced that nominations are now open in its search for the next America’s Farmers Mom of the Year.