Mitigating Climate Change: A Carbon Zero Future for Agriculture

Mitigating Climate Change: A Carbon Zero Future for Agriculture

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 - 8:15am

CAMPAIGN: Our Commitment to Sustainability

CONTENT: Article

Human activities produce greenhouse gas emissions such as carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide are the leading cause of climate change, and agriculture accounts for nearly a quarter of these global emissions (including land use change).

We have the capability – and responsibility – to develop climate-smart solutions and trigger farmers’ adoption by creating innovative business models that benefit farmers, tackle climate change, and drive towards a carbon-zero future for agriculture.

To tackle such an ambitious goal, we’re focusing our efforts where we can make the biggest impact, working collaboratively with growers and partners across the value chain to reduce the GHG emissions of crops grown in the field and even help farmers sequester CO2 and generate revenue from the practice, all while also reducing emissions in our own operations.

Deforestation and land-use change are some of the biggest drivers of greenhouse gas emissions. By bringing innovations like more productive crops to the market, we can help growers produce more food on the same amount of land, with less impact on the environment—known as sustainable intensification. This can lead to reduced use of natural resources, crop protection products, and fertilizer, while at the same time enhancing biodiversity and allowing more arable land to be reforested.

CATEGORY: Environment