Oh, If Only We Lived In A Perfect World!

May 02, 2017

monsanto tour

GMOs and biotechnology are among the most asked about topics on watchusgrow.org. Recently, we reached out to a group of people to give them the opportunity to visit Monsanto's Biotechnology Research Center. The tour was provided by Illinois Farm Families.

I think all of us long for a perfect world. A world free of problems and challenges. A world where everyone is healthy, where we all get along, where we have wide open spaces, abundant resources and access to everything we need. If it was a perfect world a company like Monsanto would not need to exist, there would be no need for it, but as we all know this is not a perfect world!

I recently had the opportunity to tour the Monsanto Research Facility in Chesterfield, Missouri, courtesy of Monsanto and Illinois Farm Families. I was curious what I would discover on this tour. I was well aware that many people seem to have a strong, negative, emotional opinion of the company so I wanted to find out more about what they do and why they get such a bad reputation. I have to say I was actually quite impressed with what I heard and saw on the tour.

I discovered that Monsanto is a seed company but also so much more. Not only does Monsanto develop and provide both GMO and non-GMO seeds, they are also committed to helping farmers succeed. They do this by:

  • Working to find sustainable solutions for soil health
  • Providing farmers with tools to minimize damage to their crops (which helps produce better yields)
  • Helping farmers use data and technology to improve farming practices and conserve natural resources
While farmers are trying to make a living feeding the world, as well as provide for their own families, they have a lot of constantly changing variables to contend with in this imperfect world- weather, insects, disease, and weeds just to name a few. I, for one, am glad there is a company like Monsanto that provides them with tools to help them succeed.

I think this excerpt from a 1912 speech given to the DeKalb County Newspapermen’s Association says it all. “Your bread and butter comes from the farmer. He feeds the world, the laborer, the merchant and the millionaire. When he fails we all fail.”

To all naysayers: I am not a scientist, a researcher, a toxicologist, a biologist, or an immunologist. I am your average consumer who is busy with life; working, juggling financial obligations, raising a family and trying to make the best choices I can for them. Yes, I know there is a lot of fear-mongering and negative press out there about the food we eat and how it is produced and what we should buy, but I think the best we can do is educate ourselves on those areas of concern and make the best choices for ourselves and our families. I have found a wealth of information regarding the food and farming topics that concern me at discover.monsanto.com, watchusgrow.org and GMOAnswers.com; hopefully you will find some answers there as well.

 

Anita Mann

Anita is one of the Illinois Farm Families 2015 City Moms. Throughout the year she will visit Illinois farms to learn more about where food comes from. Following each visit, the City Moms share their thoughts by blogging about what they experience on these farms.

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