The process of getting agricultural products from the farm to their intended destinations, for their intended applications, demands resources. Farmers use inputs such as water, seeds and fertilizer to produce robust crops. Energy and water are consumed in the course of planting, harvesting and transporting those crops to markets around the world. And still more is needed to process raw materials into ingredients and finished products used in a host of different food, feed, fuel and industrial applications.
As a leading agricultural processor, ADM recognizes the importance of taking steps to lessen our environmental impact. Our 2008 materiality assessment identified climate change and water-resource management as two important areas of focus, and the Company also has initiated several other projects and programs geared toward environmental improvement.