Mosaic Joins Global Harvest Initiative on Sustainably Doubling Agricultural Productivity
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Mosaic Joins Global Harvest Initiative on Sustainably Doubling Agricultural Productivity

 
May 04, 2015   |   ShareThis

Check out this interview excerpt with Ben Pratt, Mosaic’s Vice President of Corporate Public Affairs, and Margaret Zeigler, Ph.D., Executive Director of Global Harvest Initiative (GHI). In it, we discuss Mosaic’s history, contribution to the agricultural value chain, and commitment to sustainability. Read the complete interview in this Harvest 2050 blog post.

Excerpt:

We are excited that Mosaic is joining GHI during FAO’s “Year of Soils” which is bringing global attention to the critical importance of nutrients that make soil healthy and productive. Mosaic believes that “nutrient stewardship” is the key. What is this and why is it important?

We believe potash and phosphate fertilizers make a vital contribution to healthy, productive soils. Mosaic is engaged in the activities promoting the Year of Soils – for example, we are founding members of the Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture at FAO. In addition, our Sustainability Report for 2015 will feature the Year of Soils.

Our products are essential, but responsible use is critical. Nutrient stewardship means helping farmers avoid losing their nutrients to the environment, for example losing phosphorus into waterways. Reducing the loss of these precious nutrients is in everyone’s best interest. We educate and encourage the agricultural retailers who sell, and often apply, our products to practice the “4 Rs”:  use the right amount of product, at the right time, using the right source (or product), and at the right rate. These practices maximize the benefit of our products to increase productivity while reducing the environmental impact.

GHI emphasizes the importance of sustainable agricultural value chains that conserve natural resources, adapt to climate change, and improve people’s lives and livelihoods. From your perspective, what is the role of the private sector in achieving these goals?

We are engaged in several multi-stakeholder collaborations, such as Field to Market. We share the concerns and goals of many environmental groups and we have excellent partnerships with The Nature Conservancy and the Audubon Society.

Nonetheless, I think the private sector has to drive both intensification and sustainability in agriculture. People may not realize it, but production agriculture is answering the call for sustainable intensification – we have an incentive to act, and to act quickly. Responsible companies can have an efficient impact on the safety, productivity, and sustainability of the agricultural value chain.

Read more about our partnership in this release: http://www.globalharvestinitiative.org/index.php/media-resources/press-releases/global-harvest-initiative-welcomes-the-mosaic-company-to-membership/.