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TriplePundit TweetUp: Monsanto Responds

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Energy & Environment

Editor's note: The following is an op/ed from Monsanto following our Twitter chat on the future of sustainable agriculture on March 8. In case you missed it, you can catch a recap here.

Two weeks ago our CEO, Hugh Grant, took to Monsanto’s Twitter account to chat about agriculture’s role in mitigating climate change. We had fun and wanted to take some extra time for questions we couldn’t get to. The questions and our responses are listed here.

A. We have set a goal to reduce the operational greenhouse gas emissions intensity in our crop protection operations by an additional 22 percent by 2020. That’s based on our 2010 baseline. This represents a cumulative reduction of 45 percent from 2002. 
A. About eight years ago, a panel composed of 25 of our senior scientists to study climate change, assess its potential effects on crop systems and devise strategies for change.
We’ve approached it three ways: Is it real? Is it happening? And what can we do about it?
Increasingly, we’ve realized that agriculture can be part of the solution. And just in December we made a commitment to tackle climate change. You can learn more here.
A. Increased precision and no-till are the next big steps in mitigating climate change. You can find more information on these efforts here

A. Making balanced meals accessible to everyone in a sustainable way requires a wide range of ideas and resources. We know we can't do it alone and hope everyone can take a seat at the table to discuss
That’s why collaboration with farmers, researchers, non-profit organizations and universities will be required to tackle agriculture’s biggest challenges.

A. Access to better tools, better soil management, and fertilizer makes a huge difference on the farm. All farmers, large and small, have been collecting data. Can use Field View Prime for free

A. We’re going to share best practices and our research in the area will be an open book.

A. We think all of agriculture needs to be at the table to tackle change. The good thing is that agriculture can help. We all need to do our part.

A. The earlier identification of needs and more precise application of solutions will continue to shift the needle.

A. We’re committed to using water more efficiently through precision irrigation, drought resistant seeds, etc. Learn more here.

A. Several members of our Board of Directors are members of the Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Committee.
A. GMOs are an essential tool in mitigating climate change. We’ll continue to work with experts in the field to communicate the safety and benefits of GMOs.

A. Monsanto is more than just GMOs. You can find more information on our comprehensive approach here

A. We agree: farmers of all sizes are important to growing enough food for the population.
That’s a great thing about GMOs and the new tech: it’s scale-neutral. Small and large farmers can reap benefits.

A. Climate Corp is doing remarkable work in advancing precision ag and nitrogen mapping. You can find more information on their products here

It’s going to take many small steps and contributions to combat climate change. Farmers, environmentalists and agricultural companies like Monsanto play important roles in adapting to and mitigating climate change. You can find a full recap of our #Ag4theFuture Twitter chat with Triple Pundit here.

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