Biodiversity is under threat. That means that as the world's population grows, more wilderness is being cultivated for food. When a virgin forest is destroyed, when an intricate and balanced system of the natural world is plowed under in order to plant rice or corn or wheat, part of the environment is erased and the earth suffers.
The answer is clear: in order to preserve biodiversity we must farm less and grow more. We must protect food crops and increase yield so we can do more with existing farmland and preserve ecosystems.
Through cutting-edge biotechnology, Syngenta is doing just that with the help of Flad Architects. The master plan document serves as a living tool to guide site development, relocation strategies from existing facilities, and long-term planning guidelines based on projected growth scenarios. The company is developing high yielding, stress resistant seeds, and they're doing it in a new, sustainably designed, 136,000-square-foot greenhouse — a living laboratory to study and improve the genetics of corn, soybeans, sugar cane, rice, wheat, and vegetables. With growth chambers utilizing NASA technology, the company is helping populations around the world meet the challenges of the future: to grow more from less while having a positive impact on the land and the people who live there.