How Monsanto, one of the world’s most vilified companies, could be crucial in feeding it

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. . . Is it conceivable that the planet’s most vilified company could be the one that feeds it?

That. . . is precisely what Monsanto hopes it can do. . . .

The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that we must double the current level of food production . . . by 2050. . . using fewer resources. And we’ll have to do it as climate change rewrites the weather rules. . . .

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. . . “Twenty years ago,” [CEO Hugh Grant] says, “we thought biotech was going to be the panacea.” In the past half-decade the company has begun to look beyond seed for answers. . .  In 2013 it bought weather-data startup ­Climate Corp. . . it partnered with Danish company Novozymes, hoping to find ways to boost crop yields by harnessing plant microbiomes. . . .

. . . .The company that was founded in 1901 as a chemical maker, then turned itself into a biotech company, and finally became a seed company is metamorphosing anew: this time, into a data company. . . .

Erik Andrejko, who runs Monsanto’s data science center, frames the company’s new mission more succinctly: “Feeding the world through math.”

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