The companies involved are Monsanto, Wal-Mart, Microsoft, PepsiCo, IBM and Amazon. Monsanto says "it will donate a maize breeding trial dataset to help public- and private-sector scientists better understand how climate and water-availability changes will impact crop productivity and food security" and PepsiCo is pledging "to install solar panels at a Gatorade plant in Arizona that would prevent the release of about 50,000 tons of carbon and other greenhouse gases over 25 years," Doering writes. The Obama administration will also host a series of workshops on data, food resilience, climate change and food emergencies.
"The climate change announcement comes the same day as the Obama administration warned that failing to fully reduce the carbon pollution that contributes to climate change could cost the U.S. economy $150 billion a year through lost agricultural production, flooding and other disasters like hurricanes," Doering writes. (Read more)