Iconic agricultural company Monsanto has sustainability in its DNA. Michael Doane, the company’s Vice President of Sustainable Agricultural Policy, identifies the three key sustainability factors that the company prioritizes: meeting the growing demand for food, doing that in a way that conserves the underlying resource base (water and land) and producing more while conserving more and improving agricultural workers’ lives. Monsanto’s goal is to serve farmers in practical ways by helping to control pests, heat and drought while delivering these solutions sustainably. “Civilization didn’t really take off until agriculture got efficient,” Doane explains. “That’s when society started to move ahead and take the resources that focused on preservation of the species. In the last hundred years, we have seen a tremendous number of changes, where today we’re producing the food requirements for the planet on one-tenth of the land mass that it took 150 years ago.”

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