Global food security continues to improve. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that the number of undernourished people has fallen by 176 million over the past ten years. But almost 800 million people — just over one in nine people — still remain hungry, and food security continues to be one of the major global challenges for the future.
Monsanto and Dow AgroSciences recently announced that the companies have reached a non-exclusive global option and licensing agreement on Dow AgroSciences’ EXZACT™ Precision Technology® Platform for research and commercial development of new crop solutions across Monsanto Company’s research portfolio.
Pest control is as old as agriculture itself. Farmers have always searched for new ways to protect their crops, and, with modern technology, farmers are more efficient than ever. See how crop protection has developed over the years:
Imagine you are a farmer riding along in your 50,000-acre wheat field early in the growing season. You push a button on your tractor to turn on its Global Positioning System (GPS) monitor, which pinpoints your exact location to within one meter.
Tiny nematodes can cause enormous damage to crops such as peppers, tomatoes and bananas. A biological crop protection product from Bayer that contains fungal spores can destroy the worms’ eggs and help to protect yields.