Global Harvest Initiative Welcomes Novozymes to Membership

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Global Harvest Initiative Welcomes Novozymes to Membership

BioAg Technology Conserves Resources, Increases Resilience and Improves Productivity

Washington, D.C.-June 30, 2015 – The Global Harvest Initiative (GHI) today welcomed its latest member company to its private sector policy voice advocating for collaborative solutions to sustainably meet the agriculture demands of a growing world. Novozymes joins GHI’s member companies DuPont Pioneer, Elanco Animal Health, John Deere, Monsanto Company, and The Mosaic Company.

Together, GHI’s member companies promote policy priorities that sustainably improve food security and help to nearly double output of food, feed, fuel, and fiber by 2050 – while also conserving natural resources, adapting to climate change and changing consumer preferences, and improving lives and livelihoods along the agricultural value chain.

Novozymes is a bioinnovation company with deep expertise in putting enzymes and microbes – Nature’s technology – to work in industrial settings. In agriculture, the company produces microorganisms that play a vital role in improving the efficiency and sustainability of farming. Agricultural biologicals are typically topical or seed treatment products that increase plant yields by improving nutrient uptake, promoting plant growth, and protecting plants from insects, weeds and diseases. A global company with its regional headquarters in Franklinton, North Carolina, Novozymes has a presence in more than 30 countries, working in more than 40 industries and 700 products.

“Novozymes is a world leader in bioinnovation. Their technologies will play a critical role in sustainably providing the food, feed, fiber and fuel needed in the coming years,” said Dr. Margaret Zeigler, Executive Director of GHI. She added “We are especially pleased to highlight the exciting story of bioinnovation in our 2015 Global Agricultural Productivity Report®(GAP Report®), to be released in Des Moines, Iowa, at the start of the World Food Prize/Borlaug Dialogue.

Novozymes recently joined Monsanto Company to create the BioAg Alliance, a partnership in which the companies are working to deliver microbial solutions for broad acre crops, fruits and vegetables. The Alliance also currently has two products in early development, one each in corn and soy, while it is also developing new transformational technologies, with an initial focus on broad acre crops. In 2014, the Alliance tested hundreds of microbial strains in 170,000 field plots across 70 U.S. locations. In 2015, the Alliance plans to more than double the number of field plots in the U.S. and test thousands of microbial strains.

“Society already has an answer to the pressure we’re seeing on our natural resources and climate. The answer is Nature itself. Nature has been managing this pressure with biology. Our challenge is to find biological answers for better lives in a growing world. That’s what our company is proud to do,” said Colin Bletsky, Vice President of Novozymes BioAg, who will serve on the GHI Board of Directors.

“We’re privileged to join the Global Harvest Initiative and work with its members to advance development and understanding of the transformative role bioinnovation is playing in people’s lives through agriculture,” added Bletsky.

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The Global Harvest Initiative (GHI) is a private-sector voice for productivity growth throughout the agricultural value chain to sustainably meet the demands of a growing world. Since its establishment in 2009, GHI has focused on the importance of agricultural productivity for global food security. GHI’s signature Global Agricultural Productivity Report® (GAP Report®) is an annual benchmark of the global rate of agricultural productivity. GHI’s growing membership includes DuPont Pioneer, Elanco Animal Health, John Deere, Monsanto Company, The Mosaic Company, and Novozymes. GHI is also joined by 13 consultative partner organizations that share their knowledge and experience in global agriculture, conservation, nutrition and the needs of small-scale farmers, providing insight to GHI policy research.