Monsanto CEO: 3 Tools for Sustainable Farming

By Hugh Grant, chairman and chief executive officer of Monsanto Company
May 22, 2014 1:30 PM ET

Originally published May 22, 2014, by

Conscientious Americans have taken numerous actions at the workplace and at home to save our Earth's resources and sustain the environment. All of these efforts are important, but the most critical arena of operations in the effort to preserve our planet is one that may surprise you: the farm.

So huge is agriculture's environmental footprint that its success or failure in achieving sustainability will be a key determinant of our planet's fate. Policymakers and opinion leaders everywhere need to understand: Agriculture is at the pivot point of the 21st century.

The scarcity of water and land
Tremendous progress already has been made. But we need much more. Consider water.

The basic facts are very simple. We depend on fresh water to sustain life, yet the supply is finite and relatively small. Just 2.5 percent of all the water on the planet is fresh, and most of that for various reasons is unavailable.

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