There is broad consensus in the scientific community that climate change is happening. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and other respected third parties agree that the significant, long-lasting changes in temperature, precipitation, wind patterns and other measures of climate that are already occurring are related to an accumulation of high levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

These are also the conclusions that Monsanto came to when, almost a decade ago, as part of our work to help farmers, we created a climate change panel composed of 25 of our senior scientists to study climate change, assess its potential effects on crop systems and devise strategies for change.

Farmers have been, and will continue to be, a positive force in the fight against climate change. And while great progress has already been made to reduce agriculture’s carbon footprint, to sustainably feed 9.6 billion people by 2050, we must work collectively to do even more.

Monsanto has a strategy for addressing the components of climate change that are related to agriculture. These include:

Climate change is one of the biggest issues we face in agriculture, as well as one of the biggest issues facing humanity. That’s why we have pledged to do our part within our own business first, and to help support farmers and others as we all work to be a bigger part of the solution.