Monsanto Company reported substantial progress on a host of sustainability commitments and programs in the areas of climate-smart agriculture practices, water quality, biodiversity, food security and operational efficiencies.
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 global challenges. 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 Practices
Completed 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 110 Soil Health Partnership farms with plans to broaden the adoption of the system across the agriculture sector.
Investing 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.
Addressing Acute Hunger and Malnutrition Monsanto Fund, in partnership with Africare, pledged $5 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.
Expanding 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.
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.
About Monsanto Company
Monsanto is committed to bringing a broad range of solutions to help nourish our growing world. They 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. They 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, they collaborate with farmers, researchers, nonprofit organizations, universities and others to help tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges.