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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.

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Climate Corporation Acquires VitalFields to Grow European Digital Agriculture

VitalFields Climate-CorpSAN FRANCISCO & TALLINN, Estonia — Today, The Climate Corporation, a subsidiary of Monsanto Company, announced the acquisition of VitalFields, a European farm management software company based in Tallinn, Estonia. The VitalFields team will join The Climate Corporation, strengthening the company’s efforts to deliver industry-leading digital technologies to farmers around the world.

Founded in 2011 and available in seven European countries, VitalFields offers an easy-to-use tool for farmers to plan, manage and analyze their field activities, including simplified tracking and reporting of all crop inputs to help ensure compliance with European Union environmental standards.

“At Climate, our vision is to deliver one centralised digital agriculture platform to provide farmers with the tools ...

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Monsanto launches #CO2MUCH campaign: Combating Agriculture’s Carbon Footprint

Image of #CO2Much Campaign banner.Agriculture’s carbon footprint totals about six billion tonnes of greenhouse gases (GHGs) each year, making up 13% of global emissions. In fact, after the energy sector, agriculture is the world’s second-highest emitter.

Looking ahead, mitigating emissions and the effects of climate change will be crucial to preserving our planet. But with a growing global population and changing consumption habits, set to rise to over nine billion people by 2050, demand for food and in turn food production will also rise. With this in mind, it’s clear that reducing the impact of the agriculture sector will play a particularly crucial role in keeping global temperature targets below a 2oC rise.

That’s why Monsanto, in Europe and the rest of the world, is working to spread awareness and highlight to t...

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Farmers more pessimistic about Europe’s agriculture future

A farmer uses glyphosate on barley with no till farming techniques to reduce their environmental impact.

A farmer uses glyphosate on barley with no till farming techniques to reduce his environmental impact.

The future of farming in Europe looks bleak, according to a survey of over 8,000 farmers released on 16 June 2016 by the European Farmers and European Agri-Cooperatives lobby group Copa-Cogeca. These farmers, based in 11 European Union Member States and surveyed between January and April 2016, shared their thoughts on their dissatisfaction with farming income and their disappointment of an economic turnaround. Of all the EU Member States, only farmers in Denmark and Sweden were optimistic about the current and future situation.

Currently one sign that events may get worse for European farmers is the issue around herbicides containing glyphosate...

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Digital agriculture to help farmers manage climate uncertainty

Digital agriculture will help farmers manage future uncertainty.

Digital agriculture will help farmers manage future uncertainty.

A European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) study in the journal Climate Change finds that a two degrees Celsius rise in global temperature is still expected to lead to a significant increase in floods and droughts in Europe. But new digital agriculture tools could keep farmers ahead of future mishaps no matter which regions are struck.

In the JRC study floods are projected to increase in coastal parts of Norway and southern Sweden, but to decrease significantly in parts of Finland, Russia and Sweden. At the same time, more intense droughts are expected in southern Europe, the southern UK and Ireland, due to lower levels of rainfall — and also expected to last longer, especially in Spain.

The extreme flooding seen ...

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Digitisation: The Next Revolution in Agriculture

Digitisation:

Hybrid planted vs. yield: New technologies from The Climate Corporation enable farmers to easily visualise planting data compared to yield.

The UK’s Oxford Farming Conference took place last week from 5-7 January, at the Oxford University Examination Schools in, England. I was honored to attend and share insights on the development of digital agriculture and our learnings from the recent launch of the San Francisco-based Climate Corporation’s platform in the United States.

The challenges facing production agriculture today are many. While arable land is decreasing across the globe, population and incomes are rising. According to the UN, the global population is expected to exceed 9.6 billion by 2050...

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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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Monsanto Fights Climate Change With Carbon Neutral Target by 2021 (EN/IT/NL/ES/FR/DE)

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Infographic Monsanto's step-by-step guide to growing carbon neutral crops globally by 2021 to reduce climate change.

Infographic: Monsanto’s step-by-step guide to growing carbon neutral crops globally by 2021 to reduce climate change. Click to view full-size.

The Company States Crops Can Be Grown to Mitigate Climate Change; Commits to Carbon Neutral Footprint across its Operations by 2021.

(1st December 2015) – As agriculture and farmers around the world work to mitigate and adapt to the complex challenges posed by climate change, Monsanto Company today announced plans to make its operations carbon neutral by 2021 through a unique program targeted across its seed and crop protec...

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Global Warming: New report warns of food security threat

By Aoife O’Halloran 

Global warming leads to extreme weather conditions, such as extreme drought in some areas and severe flooding in others around the globe. Together, they could conceivably wreak havoc with global food security, a new study warns.

According to a report by experts from the UK-US Taskforce on Extreme Weather and Global Food System Resilience, global food production will decrease dramatically in the next 25 years as a result of extreme weather conditions. Unless we do something, fast, this will lead to more people going hungry every day, since more than 800 million people – or one in every nine people on the planet – already suffer from hunger and our planet’s population continues to grow rapidly.

Image of a maize field decimated by drought. Global Warming.

A maize field decimated by drought.

We will not have enough food to feed t...

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Food for thought from this year’s Forum of the Future of Agriculture

On Tuesday, we attended the 9th Annual Forum for the Future of Agriculture (FFA) in Brussels. The FFA addresses key issues relating to food and environment security agendas throughout Europe and the world. This year, key speakers included European Union Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan, Cass Sunstein, Behavioral Economics and Public Policy professor at Harvard, and UN Special Advisor on post-2015 Development Planning, the formidable Amina Mohammed.  Whilst the day-long conference raised a number of challenging issues, for us, three issues really stood out.

We are the first generation able to end hunger, the last to be able to avoid the worst impacts of man-made climate change

MVI_4125.MOV.Still003It’s a pretty startling thought. We have at once a foot on the mountain top, and a foot on the precipice...

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