Strong Roots: Promoting Sustainable Agriculture

Through the Strong Roots component of ADM Cares, ADM funds initiatives that support safe, responsible and environmentally sound agricultural practices in critical growing regions in South America, North America, West Africa and Southeast Asia. The focus is on-farm and on-plantation health and safety programs for children and workers; responsible use of agricultural chemicals; sustainable farming practices; and rehabilitation and preservation of environmentally sensitive lands. 

Among the organizations and programs we support:

ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss:
In 2010, ADM created the ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss with a $10 million grant to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Institute is an international information and technology hub for evaluating and disseminating viable technologies, practices and systems to help reduce postharvest loss in staple crops such as corn (maize), wheat, and oilseeds.  For more information, click here.

Aliança da Terra: To date, we have contributed almost $1 million to the Brazilian sustainable farming group to promote the adoption of sustainable soybean farming practices that can improve yields and prevent expansion into ecologically sensitive areas.  Most recently, we contributed $100,000 to help pre-certify 58 farms covering 63,000 hectares of soybean production in the greater Paragominas region in Brazil, and $100,000 to include 100,000 hectares in the Registry of Social-Environmental Responsibility in Mato Grosso, Brazil.

 

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