Monday, March 14, 2011

Working to Preserve More of What Farmers Grow

Submitted by Mike Baroni, Vice President, ADM

With a global population that is expected to reach more than 9 billion people by 2050, it’s clear the world is going to need more food and energy. Like many others in the agricultural industry, Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) believes that agriculture can, and must, grow sustainably to meet these vital needs.

By making sure that crops are collected and processed efficiently and by employing innovation to make the most of every kernel, grain and bean we touch, ADM helps maximize the global harvest to meet the needs of our growing world.

Another way we are helping to make the most of the global harvest is through the recently announced ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss. ADM established this research center at the University of Illinois to help smallholder farmers in the developing world advance practical strategies to combat postharvest loss.

Taken together, our efforts may, over time, enable farmers in the developing world to improve their productivity, use more of what they grow, connect to global markets and improve their livelihoods. And at the same time, adding their increased output to global grain and oilseeds stocks could help the rest of the world meet its growing food and energy needs using land already in production, while making conscientious use of natural resources and protecting our environment.

After all, the most sustainable, environmentally responsible grain of all is the grain we don’t waste.

To learn more about ADM’s efforts to reduce postharvest loss, visit