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A Deeper Dive:
Sustainability in Action

Ensuring a sustainable food supply requires each of us to play a part in preserving our environment. We are accelerating our innovation to find better, safer solutions to address the shared challenge of climate change and biodiversity loss.

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Agriculture uses about 70 percent of the world’s fresh water. Shortages and changes in water availability pose significant challenges to food security. They affect growing seasons, pests and crop productivity, hindering farmers’ ability to produce food for a growing population.

We encourage growers to adopt conservation-based agriculture practices, which help them optimize water use, increase soil water holding capacity, reduce water runoff and build crop resilience to changing weather patterns. We measure what can be achieved on farms through our Good Growth Plan.

Water availability also impacts our own operations. Our manufacturing sites continuously look for ways to further optimize water use, especially in water-stressed locations. We are also working to improve water efficiency in our supply chain, where most of our water consumption takes place.

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To feed the world more sustainably and fight climate change, we must start with the soil. Under our new Good Growth Plan, we are now extending our focus to measure the amount of carbon dioxide that is captured in the soil, helping farmers manage and reduce the greenhouse gases contributed by agriculture.

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Under the Good Growth Plan, Syngenta committed to enhancing biodiversity and soil health on how many acres of rural land every year between 2020-2025?

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Syngenta committed to enhancing biodiversity and soil health on 7.4 million acres of rural land every year between 2020-2025.

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We aim to help farmers establish habitats on less productive land, such as field margins and around waterways, and work to improve biodiversity within planted fields with cover crops, crop rotation and interseeding.

Developed more than 15 years ago, Operation Pollinator helps restore pollinators in agricultural, golf course and other landscapes by creating essential habitats.

  • •  This research-based program uses specially selected wildflowers to attract a variety of pollinators and increase biodiversity.
  • •  The program is conducted in collaboration with key stakeholders for wildflower seed mixtures, with Syngenta providing agronomic expertise and resources.
  • •  Through Operation Pollinator, farmers, golf course superintendents and land managers strengthen the environment through a sustainable approach to Biodiversity.

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Operation Pollinator creates habitats for pollinating insects and wildlife by planting field margins and pairing native wildflower species to specific farm needs in how many countries?

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Operation Pollinator creates habitats for pollinating insects and wildlife by planting field margins and pairing native wildflower species to specific farm needs in 30 countries.

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The effects of climate change are a huge challenge for farmers and those working to secure the world’s food supply. With more frequent, severe and unpredictable weather events, climate change may be the single largest threat to agriculture.

Globally, total food production is responsible for one-quarter of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG)1. In the U.S., agriculture alone produces about 10% of GHGs2. But agriculture can also be – and already is – a major part of the solution, as it can help meet the global Net Zero ambition of reducing emissions, locking more carbon in the soil and providing space to reforest.

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Regenerative agriculture is a holistic approach to farming that helps restore and enhance the biodiversity, soil health and productivity of land while mitigating the effects of climate change. Farmers improve soil health through practices such as low or no-till, cover crops, crop rotation and precision chemistry applications. Healthy soil promotes increased yield potential and provides an array of environmental benefits.

Our innovative products are developed to support soil health and therefore improve crop productivity and increase both yield potential and farm management efficiency. We breed seeds for the world’s major crops and vegetables, develop seed traits to give crops desired characteristics, and create seed treatments that protect varieties from the time they are planted. Our crop protection products help control insects, weeds and plant disease. We develop software-based farm management and precision tools that empower farmers to make faster, data-driven decisions by complementing our seeds and crop protection products.

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