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Getting to Know Monsanto’s People: Aster Beyene, Ph.D. May 14, 2013

By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau

If you track my blog, you know that I recently visited Monsanto. Part of my visit involved my intent to understand Monsanto’s People. So, let’s meet scientist Aster Beyene, Ph.D., from Ethiopia.

But before I tell her “dreams-for-my-future” story, let me tell you mine. When I graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Journalism, my aspirations were to find a decent paying job in my chosen field, make a career of it and enjoy what I did. Fairly typical, right!?

Then I met Aster.

The short video in this blog shares Aster’s compelling story. But before you view it, soak up a few statistics on her to understand a bit more about what possibly inspires her.




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Somehow, I think we all need to go home … back to our roots… and nest.  Nest for a bit after certain educational accomplishments in life and decide what track we should take (though our parents will tell us not to nest too long, ha). Moms, parents, family can inspire while we’re trying to make our decision. It’s a time to remember our roots and understand where solidly planted roots can take us.

If we did, maybe we’d have more aspiring to cure diseases … certainly working toward a more sustainable world.

Monsanto’s scientists are from all over the world and each brings their passion for science to solving complex challenges farmers face. This was evident on my recent trip to Monsanto. It’s part of why I want to understand the Monsanto story.


Aster’s story compels us to take note.


Editor’s Note: This is part of my ongoing series exploring the world of biotech agriculture and food including 10 Simple Strategies to Avoid GMO Foods and Into the Belly of the Beast: My Visit to Monsanto.

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1. Ted - May 14, 2013

Interesting post. Proud of my compatriot, Scientist Dr. Aster Beyene. All the best for her.

2. Trish - May 14, 2013

Yet another great blog. I have just recently “discovered” you and again say “Wow! Thank you for helping us tell the real or true story of Monsanto people.” Takes a lot of courage in the face of opponents who may question your motives. Having been fortunate to travel to Ethiopia in a “previous job life,” I particularly loved this story.

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