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1 Sustainability: implications of global trends for U.S. production agriculture Toward Sustainable Agricultural Systems in the 21 st Century Mike Johnson, Syngenta Crop Protection September 16, 2010

2 2 Syngenta at a glance ● A uniquely broad product portfolio - A leader in Crop Protection - Third in high-value commercial seeds ● World-class science -$1 billion Research and Development (R&D) investments -4,000 people in R&D around the world ● Global reach and experience - Over 24,000 employees in more than 90 countries ● Commitment to working with customers

3 3 Demand is driven by population growth and land scarcity people 2005 >4 people People fed per hectare (2.47 acres = 1 hectare) 2030 >5 people billion billion 2030 >8 billion World population Source: FAO, World Bank statistics, Syngenta

4 4 ● Huge rise in demand ● Demand drivers: population, economic, biofuels ● Limited farmland ● Decreasing water supplies Only sustainable approach is to unlock the potential of plants through innovation We must grow more from less Challenges for global agriculture Basket: corn, soybean, wheat, rice 1, % World population growth 2, bn Yield Acreage 2 Source: Based on US Census Bureau International Data Base, July Source: USDA

5 5 ● Transparent, outcome-based sustainability metrics ● Productivity & efficiency at the core ● A systems approach and understanding the diversity of agricultural systems ● Innovative integrated solutions of our CP, seeds, traits & services ● Continuous improvement over time Syngenta sustainability insights --- what it will take

6 6 A major challenge is the complex & confusing area of specifications for the sustainability of agriculture Selected Examples There is an urgent need for transparency & consistency in measuring progress towards sustainable outcomes Outcome-based Metrics Value-based Indices Standard Methods for Analyses Practice-based Standards: Sustainability Index

7 7 Outcome-based MetricsPractice-based Standards ● Prescribe specific practices & technologies ● Uncoupled from productivity & other desired outcomes ● Limited incentive for continuous improvement ● Narrowly applicable (in or out) ● Trademark license terms can create disincentive to adoption ● No bias for/against specific practices or technologies ● Reward efficiency (expressed on a per unit of output basis) ● Incentivize continuous improvement toward outcomes ● Broadly applicable, transparent & science-based ● Alignment with emerging ecosystem service markets How sustainability is ultimately defined & measured is critically important Our ability to feed 9 billion people requires an urgent transition to outcome-based metrics

8 8 Field to Market is one of the most important sustainability initiatives in the United States ● A collaborative stakeholder group of producers, agribusinesses, food and retail companies, and conservation organizations ● Working together to develop a supply-chain system for agricultural sustainability ● Developing outcomes-based metrics ( practice/technology neutral, transparent & credible science, measures on-farm production outcomes within grower’s control) ● Measuring the environmental, health, and socioeconomic impacts of agriculture first in the United States Field to Market Convened and is facilitated by The Keystone Center, a neutral, non- profit organization founded in Will provide useful measurement tools & resources for growers and the supply chain that track & achieve continuous improvement against key outcomes

9 9 Steering Committee Members & Participants American Farm Bureau Federation American Farmland Trust American Soybean Association Bayer CropScience Bunge Cargill Conservation International Conservation Technology Information Center Cotton Incorporated CropLife America CropLife International Dairy Management Inc. Darden Restaurants DuPont Environmental Defense Fund Fleishman-Hillard General Mills Grocery Manufacturers of America John Deere Kellogg Company Land O’Lakes Manomet Center for Conservation Science Mars, Incorporated Monsanto Company National Association of Conservation Districts National Association of Wheat Growers National Corn Growers Association National Cotton Council of America National Potato Council Syngenta The Fertilizer Institute The Irrigation Association The Nature Conservancy United Soybean Board Univ. of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences USA Rice Federation World Resources Institute World Wildlife Fund

10 10 Example: Summary of results for maize (Values are expressed in 5-year averages) Maize (Corn) Efficiency Indicators (Per Unit of Output, Index 2000 = 1) Field to Market The smaller the spidergram the less the impact Progress has been made since More is needed

11 11 Using the Fieldprint calculator Field to Market Intuitive Doable Confidential Interactive Fieldtomarket.org

12 12 But how to create innovative solutions ?

13 13 Corn, soybean: nitrogen use efficiency, drought tolerance traits

14 14 Crop Protection: technologies promoting efficiencies over just pest control Untreated ●5-10% yield increase ●Stronger, healthier plants ●10% less water ●25% yield increase Endurance and vigor boostersWater uptake facilitators Seed Treatment Fungicide Plant Growth Regulator

15 15 Testing drip-irrigation on a global scale CITRUSCOFFEE RICE CORN CANE VEGETABLES

16 16 Sustainability and Syngenta’s Role ● Collaborate in the development of outcome-based metrics and measurement approaches (performance-based versus input/practice- based). ● Provide tools that enable growing more from less land, water, energy -Continued investment in R&D -Integrated technology solutions aligned with understanding of agronomic systems -Build on IPM tools ● Help growers measure, record & verify progress -Field to Market Tools -Farm record keeping programs

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