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Officials from ADM, John Deere & Co.,
DuPont and Monsanto Co. to unveil new group today
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A multimillion-dollar effort to urge Congress
to grow the amount spent on international aid for crop and food programs
will be announced today by officials from ADM, John Deere & Co., DuPont
and Monsanto Co., in the formation of the Alliance for Abundant Food and
Fuel. The pro-ethanol Renewable Fuels Association will be a nonvoting,
Big-picture approach. The group’s newly appointed
executive director, Mark Kornblau, and representatives from all four
companies, said the alliance will take a big-picture approach to solving
world hunger and the increased demand for fuel. “There was a desire
on the part of all four of these companies, these founding members,
to try to raise the discussion that’s going on in public policy
circles about meeting food and fuel needs,” said Kornblau, a former
chief counselor to then-presidential candidate ex-Sen. John Edwards
(D-N.C.) and a one-time communications director for Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.).
“They represent the entire agriculture value chain from
planted seed to harvest to processing to market. There is an incredible
wealth of untapped potential in agriculture to meet the food and energy
needs that are growing around the globe," Kornblau said in remarks
to Roll Call newspaper.
The group’s Web site, foodandenergy.org, also will go
start today. There will be a media event at the National Press
Club in Washington, D.C. this morning.
The alliance will lobby Congress for increased funding for
USAID efforts that fund farming programs in developing regions
such as sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Brazil.
It will also encourage Congress to support research to develop
crop technologies. And it will push for policies to accelerate new cellulosic
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