Sharing the Planet
Together with partners, Monsanto is committed to being part of protecting natural habitats and the diversity of species. The increased demand for food, feed, fiber and biofuel requires careful management of biodiversity in order to protect our natural resources and ensure the continued viability of the ecosystem on which we rely. We work alongside farmers, consumers, universities, nonprofits and others to bring diverse perspectives and develop the most effective and creative solutions for protecting biodiversity.
Honey Bee Health
Honey bees are imperative to the food supply, as they pollinate more than one-third of the world’s crops. Monsanto is collaborating with other organizations to develop solutions to help improve honey bee health and support the livelihood of these pollinators.
The Monarch Butterflies
Monsanto is working to help restore and create a healthier ecosystem for monarchs. Our Monarch Butterfly Commitment supports a number of initiatives to plant milkweed – the plant monarch caterpillars need to survive – in diverse farm and community landscapes across the migration corridor from Mexico to Canada.
Conservation International is working with Monsanto in developing the Sustainable Agriculture Landscape Program in Brazil and Indonesia. Together we have been helping farmers grow more food on the same amount of land while preventing illegal deforestation and local extinction of species in both countries. In these regions, farmers have been working with the local community to practice sustainable agriculture to produce food and preserve the ecosystem.
More Food on Less Land
Farmers continue to implement practices on their farms that conserve resources, protect the land and promote biodiversity. One of these practices is called sustainable intensification, which helps farmers feed more people without converting more prairies and forests to farmland. Our goal is to support and help farmers mitigate and adapt to climate change and preserve the natural ecosystem.
Along with other leading companies, Monsanto is collaborating through the Brazilian Business Council for Sustainable Development (CEBDS), in partnership with the Brazilian Coalition on Climate, Forests and Agriculture to drive action and deploy technologies in sustainable land and forest management.
Monsanto works closely with the Earth Innovation Institute and their Territorial Performance System initiative to introduce sustainable practices in key counties, states and nations that have an important socio-environmental impact. For the last three years, more than 50 governmental agencies, soy traders, grain processors, retail companies, financial institutions and members of civil society have participated in meetings to align on polices to decrease deforestation, measure progress and create incentives to encourage large-scale transitions to sustainability.