Monsanto announces plans for carbon neutral operations by 2021

Monsanto Co. plans to make its operations carbon neutral by 2021, in part by working with farmers who use the company’s products to help them reduce carbon emissions. The Creve Coeur-based seed company announced its goal Tuesday, as world leaders met in Paris to discuss climate change.

To be carbon neutral, Monsanto must reduce its net emission of climate-changing carbon to zero. Company officials said they aim to do that by looking to breeding, biotechnology, conservation tillage and cover cropping systems to reduce carbon pollution.

Monsanto CEO Hugh Grant said farmers “have an opportunity and a part to play in mitigation around climate change.”

“Rather than being the problem,” Grant said, “I think there’s a growing realization they can be a big part of the solution.”

Several major companies with ties to agriculture have announced efforts to reduce carbon emissions. Estimates suggest the agricultural industry contributes around 10 percent of U.S. emissions.

Read more from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the St. Louis Business Journal

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