As agriculture and farmers around the world work to mitigate and adapt to the complex challenges posed by climate change, Monsanto Company announced plans to make its operations carbon neutral by 2021 through a program targeted across its seed and crop protection operations, as well as through collaboration with farmers.

“Climate change is one of the biggest issues we face in agriculture, as well as one of the most pressing challenges facing humanity,” said Hugh Grant, Monsanto chairman and chief executive officer.

“That’s why we have pledged to do our part within our own business and to help support farmers and others.

Grant noted that while progress has been made to reduce agriculture’s carbon footprint, work must continue if we are going to sustainably feed 9.6 billion people by 2050.

“Agriculture is uniquely positioned to deliver climate change solutions, and we hope that policy makers recognize the role agriculture, farmers and crops can play in mitigating carbon emissions,” Grant said.

Areas of focus include:

  • Seed production
  • Crop protection
  • Sharing data, increasing adoption of best practices