Sustainable agriculture can only exist in healthy ecosystems, where biodiversity thrives, and ecosystem service provision is ensured. We are supporting farmers to use our products in a responsible way, avoiding unacceptable impacts on the environment, while growing high-quality and affordable food.
Why is biodiversity so important and what are threats to it?
Biodiversity loss is seen as one of the major threats to humankind, besides climate change. In rural landscapes, the major threat to biodiversity is typically caused by habitat loss. Yet, also crop protection and pest control products have an influence on biodiversity by inadequate practices during the process of controlling damaging pests and weeds as well as ecosystem services associated to agriculture. Ecosystem functions are closely linked to adequate biodiversity and a healthy environment. In this context, especially the protection of wild and managed pollinators is important, which is essential for pollinating a large part of the agricultural crops (read more). In addition, higher biodiversity leads to a higher resilience of ecosystems to pest invasions, as natural predators help to maintain the balance in nature.
What do we do to maintain and foster biodiversity?
We engage to maintain and foster biodiversity in agricultural landscapes by partnering with relevant stakeholders for habitat creation and enrichment (CropLife International Biodiversity Report). This ranges from promoting off-site habitats for iconic monarch butterflies to forest restoration near Guaratinguetá in the Mata Viva project.
Clean water is essential – not only for human health and our economic development – but also for the environment. In agriculture, besides nutrients and erosion, also crop protection and pest control products may cause unacceptable water pollution, if not handled responsibly or used in vulnerable situations (read more).
Our stewardship activities aim to enable farmers and operators to minimize unintended environmental exposure to pesticides and thereby to avoid unacceptable impacts on biodiversity and water resources. A key element is the promotion of best management practices e.g., the use of low-drift nozzles and respecting no-spray or permanently vegetated buffer zones towards adjacent natural vegetation and water bodies.
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