Question: What food does Monsanto’s crops produce for our local markets?
That’s a great question.
While Monsanto doesn’t manufacture and sell food directly to consumers, we are part of a national and global food supply system – an amazing network of businesses and people who collectively produce, manufacture, package, deliver, prepare and provide food and other agricultural products to millions of families every day.
Where does Monsanto Hawaii sit in this network? Ultimately, the work we do in Hawaii helps produce seeds that farmers can later purchase, plant, harvest and sell to others in this amazing food supply system.
Fundamentally, our seed products (and those of other seed companies) are sold to farmers and move through this food supply network, ultimately returning to consumers as everyday products like cooking oil, snacks and canned goods. Some of our seeds may be grown to produce animal feed for livestock like cattle and pigs – which may eventually show up in our local grocery stores as beef, pork, sausage and other protein products.
At Monsanto, we use modern agricultural technologies to produce the very best seeds we can, to help our customer succeed. We’re proud of the fact that genetically engineered seeds – commonly called GMOs or ag biotechnology – are helping farmers achieve better harvests, reduce their insecticide use, decrease greenhouse gas emissions and adopt more earth-friendly practices like no-till farming.
It’s estimated that some 70% of food products on supermarket shelves contain food ingredients derived from modern genetically engineered seeds. It’s an indirect connection, but we think it’s kind of cool that our hard-working employees right here in Hawaii may have had something to do with helping to produce those foods.
By the way, genetically engineered seeds are only part of what Monsanto Hawaii does. We collaborate with many other individuals and organizations to support our local communities and Hawaii ag, including for example, the Hawaii Agricultural Foundation Ag Park at Kunia, Honouliuli National Monument, support for schools and STEM education, Agriculture in the Classroom, environmental initiatives, employee volunteerism and community gifts.
We are more than happy to share information and talk story about what we do, how we do it, and why. We love it when people take the time to learn more about us and about agriculture in general.
Please check us out – we give community presentations, offer free farm tours, and strive to provide a lot of information on our website at MonsantoHawaii.com.