A Balanced Plate

A Balanced Plate

(Originally publishes in Discover Monsanto)

We believe a balanced meal should be within reach for everyone. We help contribute to that balanced meal by providing farmers with seeds that grow some of the food you find on your plate including vegetables, fruit and grains. Protein is also important to a balanced diet. We provide seeds to farmers that, when harvested, contribute to the diet of cows, pigs and chickens.

Learn more about how we help contribute to a balanced plate:


14-MONPA-00598 Honey Bee Trade Show BoothWe provide farmers seeds for a world of melons, including cantaloupe, honeydew, galia, piel de sapo, and watermelon. The diversity of the world of melons has been developed through traditional techniques, or the cross-breeding of hundreds of varieties over many years. Our teams have bred dozens of melon varieties that differ in shape, color and pattern to reflect different preferences and eating habits around the world.

Our teams also worked with others to help develop a genetically modified papaya to ward off a virus that threatened to devastate overall papaya production.


CRTosBMUkAAP0qDVegetables are low in fat and calories, and supply many important nutrients like dietary fiber, potassium and vitamins –making them a crucial part of a balanced plate. The United States Department of Agriculture recommends that adults eat at least 2 ½ cups per day.

Our vegetable seed division provides hundreds of varieties to farmers around the world – including broccoli, cucumber, tomato, pepper and spinach. Two of our vegetable seeds in the U.S. are genetically modified for specific benefits – squash, to resist certain viruses that can destroy the crop, and sweet corn, which enables farmers to more efficiently manage weeds and pesticide use.

Through breeding and modern techniques farmers have access to seed that can enable better harvests, which hopefully results in more people enjoying a diet rich in vegetables.


CG_Z3g5UgAA1h-qWheat, corn and sorghum are staple crops used to make flour, bread, pasta, cereal and tortillas and are also fed to livestock.

Through traditional breeding we’ve developed many locally adapted wheat varieties and corn and sorghum hybrids that are grown around the world.

We breed wheat, corn and sorghum to be more tolerant of nature’s challenges, like plant diseases.


5600942826_e8258423a8_o.0Protein-containing foods are important for good nutrition and maintenance of the body.

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that annual meat production will need to double in order to feed 9 billion people in 2050.

We provide seeds for crops like corn and soybeans that, when harvested, contribute to the diet for animals such as pigs, cows and chickens.


CheesesDairy products can provide a source of calcium, a nutrient that promoted bone growth and overall health, and protein, an important building block for the body.

A portion of alfalfa, corn, cotton and soybean harvests can be fed to dairy cows as part of a balanced diet.

By helping farmers grow more of these crops, we help ensure a steady supply of feed for dairy farmers. This leads to a supply of milk, cheese and butter in your grocery store.

There are many ways to make a Balanced Plate – here’s how the Monsanto Company Twitter® fans made theirs: