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  1. 1. Long-Term Grower Productivity andProfitability through SustainableIntensificationTerry StoneSustainability Value Chain Lead, North AmericaIllinois Soybean AssociationJuly 24, 2012
  2. 2. Syngenta is a world-leading agribusiness● A uniquely broad product portfolio - A leader in crop protection - Third in high-value commercial seeds● World-class science - $2.5m invested in R&D every day● Global reach and experience - Over 25,000 employees in more than 90 countries● Commitment to working with customers - Tailoring solutions to individual needs Committed to Sustainable Agriculture through innovative research and development2
  3. 3. Today’s Discussion● Agriculture must grow more from less to sustain a growing population with finite natural resources.● Approaches to defining and measuring sustainability.● Why metrics and measurement matters. 3
  4. 4. Global drivers affecting agriculture. ● 2 billion more people to feed. ● 2 times more food to produce. ● 30 percent less farmland per capita. ● Increasing water Picture placeholder scarcity/decreasing water quality. ● Growing energy demand/limited fossil fuel supply.4
  5. 5. How will we bridge the gap between what isavailable and what will be needed? Population (billions) Farmland (Ha/10X capita) 9 8 6.5 5 2.5 2.5 2 1.6 1950 2005 2030 2050 Source: Adapted from Syngenta Annual Review 2008 and based on 2007 Revision Population Database, United Nations, 2008 and UN Food and Agriculture Organization. Selected photos courtesy USDA-NRCS5
  6. 6. Agriculture’s challenge is to growmore from less.● Produce more bushels of food, feed & fiber.● Use less land, energy & water per bushel.● Preserve and improve natural resource base (water quality, soil quality, biodiversity).● Maintain profitability.Select photos courtesy USDA-NRCS 6
  7. 7. Grow more from lessSyngenta believes that farmers canproduce enough to meet the world’s needsfor food, fuel and fiber and safeguard theonly planet we have for future generations Technology– if we take a system-wide approach thatlinks technology, land and people. Thesethree elements build the foundation for asustainable production system in which People Landtechnology enables better solutions forfarmers to increase productivity and Rural economiesprofitability, to increase resourceefficiency, and help reach food security.7 Classification: PUBLIC
  8. 8. Better solutionsChoices on the farmTo ensure that farms meet theirproductivity potential, we need enablingand transparent regulations, to make safetechnologies available to farmers.Accelerating innovationWe need mechanisms to share innovation;protecting intellectual property helpsstimulate research and development.Sharing knowledgeAgriculture is based on knowledgesupported by science; we need newpartnerships to raise agronomy skills andshare expertise.8 Classification: PUBLIC
  9. 9. Resource efficiencyPreserving the landWe need to increase productivity onexisting farmland.High stakes for water40% of water used for agriculture iswasted; we need solutions that increasewater efficiency.Vitality of biodiversityBiodiversity and agriculture depend oneach other; we need to protect thediversity of nature to secure our foodsupply and quality of life.9 Classification: PUBLIC
  10. 10. Rural CommunitiesBuilding marketsGrowing is not enough; farmers needsupporting infrastructure and access tomarkets, finance and information.Valuing farm workRural economies carry the weight offeeding the world; farming needs to beworthwhile and profitable.Community developmentWe need agriculture to spur socio-economic development of ruralcommunities.10 Classification: PUBLIC
  11. 11. Technology enables improvement ● Conventional soy (Illinois) - Rain-fed, low input - 47 bu/acre - ~ 6.3 lb. C/bu ● No-till soy (illinois) - Rain-fed, intensive management - 60 bu/acre - ~ 4.6 lb. C/buSource: Syngenta11
  12. 12. Measurement verifies improvement Soybeans ● Others need to know how/why Smaller footprint per bushel your production system is 1980 vs. 2011 sustainable. ● 98% of consumers are at least 3 Land Soil Irrigation Energy Climate generations removed from the Use Loss Water farm. Use ● Modern agriculture needs to be heard/have a voice in the debate. 35 % 66% 42% 42% 41%Source: Field to Market,12
  13. 13. Measurement delivers value Picture placeholder • Now: identifies opportunities to grow more from less, which can lower input costs and improve profit margins. • Near-term: can help to pre-empt input-based requirements that could limit choices & increase costs. • Longer-term: can be used to connect on-farm improvements in sustainability to consumer products and to potential incentives from evolving environmental markets. Photos courtesy USDA-NRCS13
  14. 14. What are the implications of how sustainability in agriculture gets defined & measured to successfully feed 9 billion people?14
  15. 15. What is sustainability? Definitions are complex & evolving. ● Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Brundtland Commission on Sustainable Development ● Triple bottom line: people, planet, profit. SustainAbility Think Tank ● Meeting the needs of the present while improving the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Field to Market: The Keystone Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture :More than half of consumers are familiar with the term “sustainability,” but most cannot define the term appropriately upon probing. The Hartman Group Report on Sustainability 15
  16. 16. The supply chain is setting sustainability goals. Sustainability Goals ● Walmart has taken the lead. ● Water ● Other companies are followingPepsiCo ● Electricity suit. ● Fuel ● Energy ● Setting reduction targets forHeinz ● Carbon footprint water, energy, greenhouse gas ● Water emissions. ● Energy ● Conducting life cycleGeneral ● Greenhouse gas assessments.Mills ● Water ● Water Sources: Walmart Press Release, July 16, 2009; PepsiCo 2009 Annual Report; Heinz 2008/2009 Corporate Social ResponsibilityConAgra ● Greenhouse gas Report; ; General Mills Press Release, November 12, 2010; ConAgra Foods Press Release, April 5, 201016
  17. 17. Life cycle assessment (LCA) tracks a productfrom raw material sourcing through point ofpurchase. ● Measures environmental impact, aka footprint. ● Methodologies are still in development. ● Some track product through end use & disposal.17
  18. 18. Companies are using LCA to explore opportunities to improve the sustainability of their products* Soy farming 9% Production 31% 403g CO2eq Corn farming 20% Other raw materials, pre- processing & packaging 40% Finished product life cycle* Results are unique to Just BARE Chicken Boneless Skinless Breast based on certification by Carbon Trust 18 Source: http://www.carbontrust.co.uk Classification: PUBLIC
  19. 19. The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) is definingthe rules for sourcing a sustainable supply● A standard measurement & reporting system is being Administered in US by: developed • Arizona State University • University of Arkansas● Will this be based on science or consumer perceptions? FounderFood, Beverage & Ag Sector Members: www.sustainabilityconsortium.org/19
  20. 20. There is already a large divide on approaches to measuringagricultural sustainability Outcome Based Practice & input with Growth Based with Opportunities Limits on Choice Some are based on measurable Others are based on inputs outcomes, (e.g. 10% more (e.g. reduce pesticide use yield from 20% less by 20%, avoid GM, use water, 15% less soil loss) organic N) The challenge is that in agriculture “one size does not fit all”20
  21. 21. The accepted approach will affect farm operations and thepotential of farming to meet the needs of future generations Very Important, Ongoin g Debate Outcomes-based Practice/Inputs-based Embraces choice Limits choice, performance, performance innovation, & continuous potential for improvement improvement Preserves freedom Threatens freedom to operate to operate21
  22. 22. The divide will only be bridged through collaborative effortswith diverse representation from across the supply chain Broad & inclusive Built on “shared value” Our best today may not be good enough for tomorrow Worthy of the consumer trust Transparency & open source Continuous improvement22
  23. 23. ©2012 Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC, 410 Swing Road, Greensboro, N.C. 27409.Important: Always read and follow label instructions before buying or using Syngenta products. The instructions contain important conditions of sale, including limitations of warranty and remedy. AgriEdge Excelsior® and the Syngenta logo are registered trademarks of a Syngenta Group Company. Operation Pollinator™ and the Syngenta logo are trademarks of a Syngenta Group Company.23