As a responsible company, Bayer is actively committed to climate protection. For some years, we have been working through our climate program both to improve resource and energy efficiency and to find market solutions for protecting the climate and adapting to climate change.
The agricultural business is strongly tied to the climate. Droughts and precipitation extremes can have severe effects on harvest yields. Such extreme weather events can lead to an increased demand for products with the capacity to adapt to extremer conditions and that help to protect and increase yields. Taking action on climate change is an urgent priority – we are acting because farmers are on the frontline. The effects are right on their doorstep: flooding, heatwaves, drought and soil salinization can shatter life on the farm. We respond on two fronts. First, we work on chemical and biological solutions to help plants toughen up and cope with the effects of climate change. Second, we fight the problem directly – by curbing the impact of both our business, and modern farming generally.
By boosting yields and keeping plants healthy, our crop protection products make a meaningful contribution in the fight against climate change. There are two reasons why. First, higher yields means farmers use less resources and therefore create less emissions. Second, healthy plants absorb CO2 from the atmosphere where otherwise it would worsen climate change. Farmers can also make a big difference to climate change in the methods they use. For example, rice farmers traditionally flood their fields to stop weeds growing and to flush out soil-dwelling pests. It makes sense – except that fermentation in the standing water produces large amounts of climate-damaging methane. A simple step can remedy that: if farmers use pre-germinated rice seed, they don’t need as much water, cutting emissions by about 30 percent.