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Opening Doors, Fostering The Conversation

Opening Doors, Fostering The Conversation

At Monsanto, we welcome a genuine, constructive conversation with diverse ideas and perspectives about food and agriculture production. We’ve also open our doors and welcomed students, professors, health professionals, and others to tour our facilities and see first-hand who we are and what we do. Here are some recent examples:

MONSANTO, PRABIA, PUCPR, CEIBA COLLABORATE ON THIRD ANNUAL BIOTECH SUMMER CAMP

For the third year in a row, Monsanto hosted a guided site tour for gifted and outstanding high school students that participated in the Biotech Summer Camp. This initiative focuses on providing high school students interested in scientific fields a first-hand experience on different aspects, tasks and career opportunities in agricultural biotechnology by visiting companies such as Monsanto.

The summer camp is organized and held every year thanks to a partnership with the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico (PUCPR), the Center for Teaching and Research in Biotechnology and Agricultural Biotechnology (CEIBA) and the Puerto Rico Agricultural Biotechnology Industry Association (PRABIA), of which Monsanto is a member.

Ten students from Luis Llorens Torres High School in Juana Diaz, guided by Yadisha Lopez, Seed Technician IV at the Monsanto Juana Diaz Site, had the opportunity to visit Monsanto’s greenhouse facilities; tour the seed harvesting, processing and packaging process; and see a demonstration of soy and cotton pollination, among other things.

NUTRITION INTERNS FROM VA HOSPITAL VISIT JUANA DIAZ SITE

Recently, four interns and the director of the Nutrition Department of the Veterans Administration Hospital in San Juan visited the Juana Díaz site.  They were interested to find out what kind of work Monsanto does in Puerto Rico and the processes to develop a GMO seed.

The interns and program director were welcomed at the site by Miguel Pereira, Community Affairs Manager, and Francisco Acevedo, Corn Nursery Lead, who were at hand to answer all of their questions and explain our work in Puerto Rico. They also had the opportunity to get input from a dietitians’ point of view, since LEAD Member Rayna Hichez was also present and shared her experiences with the visitors.

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Angel Ortiz Alvarado, Research Associate, gave them a tour of the greenhouses where we grow soybeans and cotton.  He explained how these state-of-the-art greenhouses have made our breeding process more sustainable and effective.