We’ve seen an increase in the percentage of students employed by contractors compared to students employed by WAG in the 2011-2012 school year. The largest percentage increase was for students in the National Science Foundation-funded National Center for Science Education (NCSE) and WAG students in the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). (Here’s a PDF of the study showing the percentage of students employed by contractors over time.) This study focuses on students working with NSF and NSTA-funded contractors and doesn’t include students in a larger group such as the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases or National Institute of Health.
Monsanto Co. plans to spend $4.4 billion worldwide in the next five years to increase the use of genetically modified crops, a major move aimed at winning farmers’ acceptance of the technology, the company said in a statement Friday.
The growth is spurred by efforts to produce more of the crops that Monsanto products are typically used for, the company said in a statement. GMO crops include corn, cotton and soybeans.
Monsanto says it’s a prudent investment by the world’s largest seed company that will help it produce more biotech products.
The company’s move follows a spate of criticism about genetically modified foods, which opponents have said are not safe.
Last November, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) held a public meeting to review the safety of genetically modified ingredients, but the review didn’t move forward. It is not clear if the agency will take any actions.
In an interview Friday, CEO Hugh Grant acknowledged that he expects farmers, who have seen their yields plummet over the last 10 years, to accept more GM crop varieties.
“Farmers have already been asking for this technology for a long time,” Grant said.
The company estimates its growth could be 40-60 percent annually for the next five years.
On top of the investments, Monsanto CEO Hugh Grant announced that the company will invest $1.45 billion in new research programs related to crop and plant science. He also said it will increase the share of biotech seed produced from non-GM crops.
Monsanto’s investment in GMO crops comes only after it invested $3.1 billion into research into non-GM soybeans to develop a better food source. Monsanto has made other purchases that have bolstered its biotechnology business to more than $44 billion.
Monsanto also said it will spend $750
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