Novozymes to join Global Harvest Initiative

The Global Harvest Institute (GHI) announced Thursday that Novozymes has joined as a member company.

The company's work is focused on bringing industrial applications to natural microbes and enzymes allowing farming operations to become more efficient and sustainable.

The GHI is made up of several companies that are working toward improved foods security and to be able to use technology to increase output for food, fuel and other forms of consumption.

"Novozymes is a world leader in bio-innovation. Their technologies will play a critical role in sustainably providing the food, feed, fiber and fuel needed in the coming years," GHI Executive Director Margaret Zeigler said. "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."

In the announcement, they state that a large portion of biological methods used in farming consists of seed or topical treatment that can increase yields and offer preventive care against insects and other harmful agents.

"Society already has an answer to the pressure we're seeing on our natural resources and climate," Novozymes BioAg Vice President Colin Beltsky said. "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."

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