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Agribusiness CEOs Announce Effort to Promote Sustainability in Food Production

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Washington, D.C. – Leading agribusiness CEOs will today announce they are joining together with the Bipartisan Policy Center on an effort to identify and promote innovative approaches to improving sustainability in agriculture and food production.

Leaders of DuPont, Elanco, Kellogg Company and Land O’ Lakes will launch the CEO Council on Sustainability and Innovation at a BPC event later today. Over the next several months, the council will research, collect and amplify innovative approaches within the agribusiness industry to combat and adapt to the realities of increasing climate volatility, a growing population, and other threats to a stable food supply.

“In the next 35 years experts anticipate demand for animal protein will climb by 60 percent as the population grows in size and affluence. Already demand for milk, eggs and poultry is outpacing anticipated expectations,” said Elanco President Jeff Simmons. “We can’t just rely on the public sector to address these challenges. The private sector must deliver innovative solutions that can help farmers sustainably meet our global food needs.” 

“Achieving a sustainable future food supply and responding to the challenges posed by climate change are dependent on our collective actions,” said John Bryant, Chairman and CEO, Kellogg Company. “Kellogg and others in our industry have a role to play in sharing innovative solutions and inspiring others to progress along their own sustainability journey.”

“To feed a growing global population, the food and agriculture industry must continue to increase agricultural productivity while facing climate variability and resource constraints,” said Chris Policinski, President and CEO of Land O’Lakes, Inc. “By working together, we can be more effective and efficient partners to enable a sustainable and productive supply chain.”

“The cost and availability of food is an issue of critical importance to all Americans,” said BPC President Jason Grumet. “The council will help kickstart a more robust national conversation about what’s already being done to promote sustainable food production and what more needs to be done.”

Although there is extensive industry research into various sustainability practices, there is little collective understanding of the strategies being deployed, nor is there public appreciation of adaptation challenges, mitigation opportunities, and the importance of agriculture in what must be a global conversation. The council will highlight and promote these innovative efforts.

The council’s work will culminate in a public report to be released in 2016.

Read more about the event and register to attend or watch the webcast.

KEYWORDS: CEO COUNCIL ON SUSTAINABILITY AND INNOVATION, JASON GRUMET