Monsanto to build high tech GMO greenhouse in Arizona

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Soybean Plant Specialist Nancy Brumley ties up a stalk of soybean sprouts in the soybean greenhouse at the Monsanto Research facility in Chesterfield, Missouri October 9, 2009. Image: REUTERS/Peter Newcomb

Multinational biotechnology giant Monsanto Co. is bringing a small chunk of its highly influential — and controversial — seed operation to Pima County.

The company hopes to start building a facility later this year to grow corn and soybeans in at least one greenhouse on a 7-acre site in Pima County, a Monsanto spokeswoman told the Star [Aug. 20].

The main purpose will be for corn-breeding operations, which use few genetically modified organisms, Monsanto spokeswoman Christi Dixon said. But it also will do “trait integration,” which combines genetic and biotech traits, Dixon said.

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Using new automated greenhouses, with robots watering and otherwise maintaining crops, the company hopes it can “better manage risks — like insect, disease and weather variables — we may otherwise encounter in open field environments,” Dixon said in an email.

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The company picked Arizona because, while greenhouses can grow things year-round in most places by blocking out the elements, . . .

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Read full, original post: Monsanto to grow greenhouse crops in Tucson area

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