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Join the World Economic Forum live online to discuss the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

The World Economic Forum in Davos is organising a debate on the UN's SDGs with the hashtag: #SDGLive

You can follow the World Economic Forum’s Twitter debate on the UN’s SDGs with the hashtag #SDGLive

This week started with the familiar annual call to the ski slopes of Davos in the Swiss Alps for the World Economic Forum 2017. The gathering brings together world leaders to share ideas and discuss industrial, regional and global agendas. It’s notable that China’s President Xi Jinping is attending this year’s event.

As part of the World Economic Forum, a live Twitter feed has been organised around a panel debate on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs. These 17 SDGs were adopted on 25 September 2015, when countries agreed on a defined set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all — to be achieved over the next 15 years.

At Davos ...

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What does ‘carbon neutral’ farming mean?

A step-by-step guide to carbon neutral practices in farming.

A step-by-step guide to carbon neutral practices in farming.

You may have heard the term ‘carbon neutral’ in relation to farming practices that are better for the environment; but what does that mean exactly?

In a nutshell, it is a system that abandons traditional tilling (plowing) on farms and promotes the use of cover crops that help the soil absorb more water and store more carbon dioxide. This combination minimises the loss of fertile soil from wind and water erosion. Moreover, crops have the potential to store at least as much carbon as soil carbon instead of releasing it as greenhouse gas emissions.

Today, after the energy sector, agriculture is the world’s second-highest emitter of carbon dioxide...

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Monsanto invests in local Spanish high-tech jobs

Monsanto Growth Ventures (MGV), along with three other partners, has invested €5.7 million in a fledging local spin-off company from the Technical University of Madrid, Spain, called Plant Response Biotech. This venture into cutting-edge plant science will lead to more local researchers in agriculture and expand the European microbial technology marketplace with sustainable crop therapies.

Monsanto invests in Plant Response Biotech, which has a number of plant healthcare products including one called PRB2 which helps tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce better product themselves from Oomycete diseases such blights, damping-off, root rots, foliar blights and downy mildews. As a  natural product PRB2 has zero residues.

Plant Response Biotech has a number of plant healthcare products including one called PRB2 which helps tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce better product themselves from Oomycete diseases such blights, damping-off, root rots, foliar blights and downy mildews. The product has zero residues.

“This investment will contribute to grow our highly qualified research staff,” said Eduardo Quemada, general manager a...

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Monsanto announces first-of-its-kind program for carbon neutral crop production

Putting together a list of the potential impacts of climate change on agriculture is always a daunting exercise. Drought, severe weather, rising sea levels, pest infestations, compromised harvests and flooding are becoming more frequent, more intense, and more worrying. The impact that these weather changes have on the world’s farmers has the potential to be catastrophic.

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Yet up until this year’s COP21 conference, agriculture had rarely been given priority in climate discussions. Finally, at this year’s COP21 summit in Paris, there was an entire day dedicated to agriculture and the issues surrounding it.

The agriculture sector currently represents approximately 13% of global greenhouse gas emissions. This is only set to increase as the population reaches 9.5 billion by 2050...

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