The National 25x'25 Alliance today commended the initiative and leadership exercised by the major agribusiness firms in their creation of the Alliance for Abundant Food and Energy. Deere & Company, DuPont, Monsanto, Archer Daniels Midland Co., along with the Renewable Fuels Association, have joined together to launch the new alliance to bring together a broad group of visionary companies and organizations committed to sustainably and responsibly improve diets and reduce dependence on fossil fuels through agricultural productivity worldwide.
The new alliance aims to use credible, science-based education, information and advocacy to advance support for solutions that will fulfill agriculture's promise to improve diets and provide better fuels. The alliance will urge Congress to fund more research and technological investment in agriculture.
"We are happy to see these distinguished agribusinesses step up and provide leadership in pursuing policy discussions that will enhance the ability of American farmers and ranchers – and those throughout the world – to increase productivity to met the vital needs of food and energy in a sustainable manner," says Read Smith, co-chair of the National 25x'25 Steering Committee. "This new alliance underscores the optimism that 25x'25 shares with these major organizations that global agriculture can meet the growing demand for food, feed, fiber and fuel."
The 25x'25 Initiative also shares the new alliance's belief that both food and energy are fundamental human needs and embrace actions and innovations that strengthen agriculture's ability to produce both. "Like the new alliance, we reject the falsity of 'either/or' choices between food and fuel," Smith says. "Our initiative encourages businesses and policymakers to take a broader look at all types of new technologies, whether it's to develop biofuels, wind, solar or other renewable energy sources."
25x'25 and the new alliance both recognize the vital role biofuels play as an important alternative to petroleum-based transportation fuels today, and are both committed to the sustainable, responsible development of biofuels across the globe, without prejudice to feedstock, manufacturing process or final product, Read says. "We both believe that new technologies will become commercially viable and scalable to reach our goal of continually improving the environmental and economic benefit of biofuels," he says.