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The Future of Farming Is Green

On Earth Day, Flagship Pioneering looked at the interwoven challenges of cutting emissions, increasing yields and quality, and protecting the business viability companies are facing. They explored how several Flagship Pioneering-founded companies, including CIBO, are advancing science, technologies, and market opportunities that provide a path forward.

Regenerative agriculture practices that restore natural systems are critical to turning farms from carbon sources to carbon sinks.

Carbon credits are one incentive for adopting better practices, but there is also a growing consumer base simply willing to pay more for sustainable products. To help ag businesses and businesses with ag in their supply chains access this market base, CIBO offers remote and on-farm verification of regenerative practices at scale. The company also provides crop modeling and simulation, helping farmers understand how shifting to new practices will impact their land, yield, and carbon sequestration. The company’s proprietary SALUS (system approach for land use sustainability) model creates a digital twin of the field, showing how changes in practices would affect crop growth and yield, soil organic matter, nitrogen dynamics, and heat balance.

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