ROLLE, SWITZERLAND — Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM) on Dec. 15 announced it has entered a new partnership with the Global Feed LCA Institute (GFLI), an independent animal nutrition and food industry institute. Together, the two organizations said they will help to monitor and stimulate environmental performance in the animal nutrition industry, contributing to the creation of a more resilient and sustainable global food system.

GFLI was established with the purpose of developing a publicly available Animal Nutrition Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) database to support meaningful environmental assessment of animal nutrition products.

ADM said the collaboration represents a significant step forward to further grow its animal nutrition business.

“As a member of GFLI, we look forward to embarking on this collaborative and fruitful partnership,” said Christophe Blondet, vice president, product development and applications in ADM’s Animal Nutrition segment. “Together, we will contribute to the development of publicly available databases to better understand the environmental impact of feed materials and, ultimately, help shape a more sustainable animal nutrition industry.”

Ana Yaluff, EMEAI sustainability manager, added: “It is an exciting time to be part of the animal nutrition industry, which is constantly innovating and changing. Our partnership with the GFLI will help us to improve the environmental impact of the feed industry and we look forward to working together to contribute to a more robust and sustainable global food system.”

With partners, the GFLI is developing an LCA database, which together with the underlying UN FAO LEAP-based methodology aims to be the reference for assessing and benchmarking feed industry impact and improvement in LCA calculations.

ADM said its collaboration with the Netherlands-based GFLI is one of many ways the company is focused on enhancing sustainability, including renewable product and process innovations, supply chain commitments and enhancing operational efficiency. Additionally, ADM is a member of the Cool Farm Alliance, the Responsible Meat Initiative of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, and the Global Roundtable of Sustainable Beef.

ADM announced on Nov. 15 the opening of its new animal nutrition laboratory located in Rolle, Switzerland.

The new lab will support the development of science-based feed additives to meet customer needs for petfood, aquaculture and livestock species worldwide, the company said.

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