While we look to reduce carbon output in our own operations, we believe agriculture can play a big role in reducing the amount of carbon in our atmosphere. It is no easy task and we know we can’t do it alone, so we’re working with farmers, universities, government agencies, nonprofit organizations and others to find way to reduce greenhouse gases through sustainable agriculture practices. We believe bringing diverse perspectives to the table is the most effective way to develop creative solutions. Some of the solutions we’re pursuing through our collaborations include:

Carbon neutral crop production

“Carbon neutral crop production” is the production of crops using farming practices and technologies that absorb and store as much greenhouse gases as are emitted, resulting in no net greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Consequently, crops grown in this way do not contribute to climate change.

Improving agricultural productivity

Highly productive crops produce more food per acre of land, which can help reduce agricultural expansion. Higher productivity means more efficient use of water and other inputs which can reduce direct GHG emissions.

Halting deforestation:  

The largest source of atmospheric carbon related to farming occurs when agricultural expansion leads to deforestation or draining of wetlands, which reduces the ability of the natural ecosystem to absorb and store carbon. Conservation International is working with Monsanto to conserve and restore forests in agricultural landscapes in Brazil and Indonesia, while helping farmers grow more food on the same amount of land. 

Using water more efficiently

The Water Efficient Maize for Africa project, of which Monsanto is a part, is a multi-stakeholder partnership that aims to improve food security and livelihoods among smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa by developing hybrid maize (corn) seed that uses water more efficiently and resists insect pests. This helps farmers adapt to the effects of climate change. 

Promoting best practices

  By applying best management practices, like no-till farming, cover crops, precision ag and nutrient management, soil can store vast amounts of carbon. These practices have long been employed by farmers, and Monsanto will continue to promote these practices through education and demonstrations.

In addition to working with farmers to implement best management practices we’re also involved in the following: