Our planet is becoming increasingly small for its population. Only 1/32 of our planet has harvest-able land and less of one percent of the world’s water can be used for human consumption. Approximately 200,000 people are born every single day. That means that by 2050 we will need to produce twice the amount of food that we produce today. Considering that natural resources are limited, it is necessary to seek solutions today to what could be a supply problem in the future.
Our Vegetables Seeds Division is focused on innovation to improve both the quality and productivity of vegetables grown from our seeds. We invest in research and development and use the latest technology, not only to deliver the best products for the consumer, but also to provide yield potential and value to the customer, the grower, and their customers, the chain partners. Ultimately, we hope that by developing products with excellent flavor and real nutritional benefits, people will enjoy eating more vegetables.
Monsanto produces over 2,000 seed varieties in 18 different crop families, which are sold in more than 160 countries. There are only two crops that are biotech crops, which are squash and sweet corn. There are no new biotech vegetables in development and less than two percent of the research and development investment is used to support existing biotech crops.
We invest annually $181 million in research and development for our vegetable seeds and 98% of that investment is focused on breeding for seeds that improve the quality and productivity of those vegetables. Those seeds are mostly bred through modern pollination methods, not GMO. We strive on developing great seeds for the farmers who grow great tasting, nutritious and affordable produce for all of us.