Sustainable Agriculture

People around the world depend on agriculture and the hard work of farmers for their most basic needs. With global population expected to grow by 40 percent in the next few decades, agriculture will need to become more productive and more sustainable in order to keep pace with rapidly increasing demands. Many experts agree we will need to grow as much food in the next 50 years as we did in the past 10,000 years combined if we are to sustain our planet. 

Compounding this challenge is the fact farmers will need to keep up with demand while dealing with limited resources like water, land and energy. Population is growing but supplies of these basic inputs are not. Farmers will need to get more from every acre of land, every drop of water and energy. Agricultural innovations can help them do it. 

What is Monsanto's Role?

Sustainable agriculture is at the core of Monsanto. We are committed to developing the technologies that enable farmers to produce more crops while conserving more of the natural resources that are essential to their success. By 2030, we will do our part by:

Producing More

Developing improved seeds that help farmers double yields from 2000 levels for corn, soybeans, cotton and spring-planted canola, with a $10 million grant pledged to improve wheat and rice yields.

Conserving More

Conserving resources through developing seeds that use one-third fewer key resources per unit of output to grow crops while working to lessen habitat loss and improve water quality.

Improving Lives

Helping improve the lives of all farmers who use our products, including an additional five million people in resource-poor farm families by 2020.