Monsanto announced it has reached milestones in two key aspects of its biodiversity program, including protecting species and promoting sustainable landscapes. Monsanto established 72 habitats for monarch butterflies and other pollinators at company sites across America. The number of those sites certified by the Wildlife Habitat Council doubled from 15 to 31 in the past year. “Our commitment to establishing pollinator and wildlife habitats is an important part of our advocacy for protecting species and promoting sustainable landscapes, which are at the heart of our biodiversity strategy,” said Pam Strifler, Monsanto Vice President of Sustainability and Stakeholder Engagement. In addition to the work Monsanto is doing on its own sites, they’re providing funding to support several initiatives that help to boost monarch habitat, honeybee health, reforestation, seed collection, and preservation. Monsanto is the primary corporate funder of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund. One result of the Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s projects includes creating 16,000 acres of new pollinator habitat in 2016. Pheasant’s Forever also worked with Monsanto to help develop new pollinator sites.
From the National Association of Farm Broadcasting news service.
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