Every day, growers must balance a daunting dilemma as they strive to make certain there is enough food for all of us: they must address the impact of increasing weather extremes while also working to minimize their own environmental footprints to help mitigate climate change.
These climate challenges for growers are bigger than any single company or organization can address. Recognizing this, Monsanto has openly shared data to help with analysis of how plants respond to weather extremes, water availability and changing weather scenarios with the broader community of researchers focused in this area, and we’ve loaned some of our top modeling scientists to collaborative projects to help improve the quality of a wide range of models.
This modeling data is critical for us to better predict what we all need to adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change. Our collaborations have helped the modeling community identify areas of progress and areas where further research is needed. These efforts are just a first step, but we are committed to continuing partnerships with the White House Climate Data Initiative and others to continue advancement of climate change research.
A few examples of the collaborative efforts Monsanto has supported include:
In addition to Monsanto’s commitments, our division The Climate Corporation is providing Climate Basic, a free online and mobile service that helps farmers identify the impact of recent and current weather conditions on their fields. This service helps farmers make more informed decisions in the face of more volatile weather. To enable development of additional data science-driven tools and services to help farmers increase production to meet increasing global demand, the company helped launch the Open Ag Data Alliance (OADA), an open-source software project to ensure farmers have full data access across different agriculture technology platforms. The Climate Corporation also has committed resources to support OADA’s work, as well as code development to enable farmers to fully leverage their data.
All of these collaborative efforts are aimed at helping farmers and society keep up with the challenges that are presented by climate change. It is hoped that these efforts will contribute to broader understandings and better inform decisions on investments and actions that will be required for the world’s food systems to be more resilient to climate change.
We are pleased to collaborate with others in the public and private sectors to make a difference and help advance this important cause in agriculture. Monsanto is committed to continued collaboration and communication with White House Climate Data Initiative participants and other partners to help ensure the future of our food supply.