Why you Need to Understand what Decarbonization Really Means

Why you Need to Understand what Decarbonization Really Means

May 11, 2022

Have you been hearing more about “carbon” lately, or perhaps even “decarbonization”?  Along the food value chain, more emphasis is being placed on creating more sustainable practices, which can include decarbonization.

But what does decarbonization really mean?

According to Max Doughtery, Business Development Lead for Bayer’s Carbon Program, “At a high level, decarbonization is the recognition that as a society we need to transition away from carbon and highly intensive fossil fuels across all industries if we aim to have a hospitable planet for the future and many generations to come. And in the case of the agriculture and food sector, I think that means clearly recognizing the fact there is a fundamental tension that we need to embrace, and that tension is we have a growing planet of up to 10 billion people by 2050 that we need to continue to nourish and feed while at the same time, recognizing that the agri-food sector all the way down to the retailer and to the consumer has a real environmental footprint. And so, it's not just about how do we produce more it's how do we produce better? We can ultimately nourish this growing world while at the same time transitioning the agri-food sector, retail and consumer foods to net zero.

Decarbonization is key when it comes to combating climate change, and agriculture plays a major role in it. To support farmers in driving sustainability across the entire value chain, Bayer is working to build a portfolio of farmer-facing programs to complement its existing Bayer Carbon Initiative, a program which incentivizes the adoption of climate-smart practices that create new revenue streams for growers who use technology to keep carbon in the soil and out of the atmosphere. Join Max Dougherty as he chats carbon, farming, and what this could mean for the value chain in this webcast or this podcast.