Latest Monsanto Co. Stories

2005-12-29 08:31:34

By Carey Gillam KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) - When Monsanto Co. introduced the world to genetically modified crops a decade ago, the biotech advancement was heralded as the dawn of a new era that could reduce world hunger, help the environment and bolster struggling farmers. Now, biotech beans, cotton, corn and canola are profit-drivers at Monsanto and are lifting the fortunes of rival companies like Swiss-based Syngenta and Dow AgroSciences LLC, a unit of Dow Chemical Co.. The...

2005-09-19 06:29:22

BEIJING (Reuters) - China, the world's top grower of genetically modified (GMO) cotton, has approved commercialising a new hybrid variety, which should help the country cut its production shortfall in the commodity, a government scientist said on Monday. The hybrid variety of insect-resistant Bt cotton -- which contains a bacteria that kills bollworms -- would yield 26.4 percent more cotton than the current strains, including one developed by biotech giant Monsanto Co., said the...

2005-08-11 07:07:55

By Carey Gillam KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Reuters) - Monsanto Co., already a world powerhouse in biotech crops, is shaking up the swine industry with plans to patent pig-breeding techniques and lay claim to the animals born as a result. Agricultural experts are scrambling to assess how these patents might affect the market, while consumer activists warn that if the company is granted pig-related patents, on top of its tight rein on key feed and food crops, its control over agriculture could be...

2005-03-15 07:29:45

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A trade group overseeing a partnership to unlock corn's genetic code said Monday the effort has gained "critical momentum," with more than 120 researchers already having accessed a searchable Web database created last year to hasten development of biotech crops. The 8-month-old Web site pools research done on the corn genome by Monsanto Co. (MON), DuPont subsidiary Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc. and Monsanto research partner Ceres Inc. By offering up their data to...

2005-01-14 08:01:51

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Monsanto Co. (MON)'s "seed police" snared soy farmer Homan McFarling in 1999, and the company is demanding he pay it hundreds of thousands of dollars for alleged technology piracy. McFarling's sin? He saved seed from one harvest and replanted it the following season, a revered and ancient agricultural practice. "My daddy saved seed. I saved seed," said McFarling, 62, who still grows soy on the 5,000 acre family farm in Shannon, Miss. and is fighting the agribusiness...

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