16:00 | 12.07.2018
Monsanto Advances Key Sustainability Initiatives
Monsanto Company today reported substantial progress on a host of
sustainability commitments and programs in the areas of climate-smart
agriculture, water quality, biodiversity, food security and operational
The company continues to be guided by its Growing
Better Together sustainability plan which has three main focus
areas: Better Planet, Better Lives and Better Partner. Through programs
and partnerships, Monsanto is collaborating with others to help tackle
some of the world’s biggest challenges.
“We’re proud of the actions we’ve put into place and the progress we’ve
made on our sustainability commitments over the last six months,” said
Pam Strifler, Monsanto’s Vice President for Global Sustainability and
Stakeholder Engagement. “We look forward to continuing to use innovation
through modern agriculture practices to create sustainable solutions to
While the company continues to strive to make progress toward all its
sustainability initiatives and commitments, some of the most notable
recent accomplishments include the following:
Climate-Smart Agricultural PracticesCompleted Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Emissions Tool – In
partnership with the National Corn Growers Association and a group
working to support the Conservation Innovation Grant, the first step
in creating a tool that will help capture the value of reduced
greenhouse gas emissions for farmers who use climate-smart agriculture
practices has been completed. The tool is currently being validated on
Health Partnership farms with plans to broaden the adoption of the
system across the agriculture sector.
Introduced Product Innovations –The
BioAg Alliance, a collaboration between Monsanto and Novozymes to
improve crop harvests, developed Acceleron B-300 SAT, a microbial seed
coating that increases nutrient availability which has the potential
to lead to larger, stronger root systems that help keep more carbon
stored in the soil. A new study estimates that this seed coating could
provide a total greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction of around 3.8 million
metric tons of carbon emissions per year if applied on all U.S. corn
acres that contain Monsanto technology.
Modern Agriculture Demonstration FarmEstablished –
Monsanto worked with farmer, Bill Couser, to develop the Modern
Agriculture Demonstration Farm, established in the fall of 2017 in
Nevada, Iowa. The farm will provide a unique opportunity for visitors
to observe and learn about climate-smart practices at field
scale. Visits to the farm include cover crops, trials reviewing
different tillage methods and pollinator habitat.
Digital Management Tool Receives NutrientStar Certification –
In partnership with Environmental Defense Fund, NutrientStar assessed
the Climate FieldView™ nitrogen management tool in 34 on-farm trials
and determined that growers can reduce applied nitrogen by an average
of 37 pounds per acre while increasing efficiency by 25 percent when
following insights provided by the tool.
Water QualityInvesting in Water Quality Trials – Monsanto, along with its
subsidiary, The Climate Corporation, recently entered into a
partnership with Iowa State University to create an infrastructure
project designed to monitor water quality and downstream nitrate loss.
The project will provide researchers and farmers with valuable data
and information on the practices that help keep nitrogen fertilizer
from entering surrounding waterways.
Food SecurityAddressing Acute Hunger and Malnutrition – Monsanto
Fund, in partnership with Africare,
million over a five-year period to improve nutrition and access to
healthy food in Turkana County, Kenya. The project will provide
increased access and availability of diverse and nutrient-rich food to
pregnant women, new mothers, infants and young children.
BiodiversityExpanding Conservation Habitat – Monsanto spearheaded the
launch of Farmers
For Monarchs, a united effort by farmers, ranchers, landowners and
the agriculture industry to encourage and enable the expansion and
establishment of pollinator/conservation habitat, including milkweed,
along the monarch butterfly seasonal migration route.
Preserving and Improving Plant Varieties – Monsanto donated 55
conventional cotton germplasm lines to the U.S. Department of
Agriculture’s National Cotton Collection. These seed lines are now
freely available to both public and private breeders to be used as a
resource for the improvement of cotton germplasm across a broad range
of environments, including Africa.
Partnering for Restoration – The Appalachian Wildlife
Foundation has begun an expansive restoration project that will
improve habitats of everything from elk and grassland songbirds to
honey bees and monarchs. Monsanto donated 10,000 gallons of herbicide
to help areas consumed by overgrowth and weeds. The facility is
expected to attract an estimated 500,000 visitors annually, with
opportunities to explore the rehabilitated ecosystem and learn about
Monsanto now diverts 89 percent of its waste from landfills by
focusing on waste minimization, recycling and reuse. Additionally, six
sites in Brazil are pursuing an opportunity to divert 10,000 metric
tons of the waste being sent to the landfill annually, which will
generate an estimated $500,000 in savings each year in disposal cost.
The company’s plant in Antwerp, Belgium, is investing in a wastewater
recycling project that will purify its treated waste for reuse back
into its operations, saving an estimated 300,000 cubic meters each
year of fresh water withdrawal. The plant also is installing energy
recovery technology that will enable approximately $1 million per year
in financial improvements.
For more information on Monsanto’s sustainability commitments, view the
Monsanto 2017 Sustainability Report, available online at Monsanto.com.
About Monsanto Company
Monsanto is committed to bringing a broad range of solutions to help
nourish our growing world. We produce seeds for fruits, vegetables and
key crops – such as corn, soybeans, and cotton – that help farmers have
better harvests while using water and other important resources more
efficiently. We work to find sustainable solutions for soil health, help
farmers use data to improve farming practices and conserve natural
resources, and provide crop protection products to minimize damage from
pests and disease. Through programs and partnerships, we collaborate
with farmers, researchers, nonprofit organizations, universities and
others to help tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges. To learn
more about Monsanto, our commitments and our more than 20,000 dedicated
employees, please visit monsanto.com.
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