ARGENTINA – Louis Dreyfus Company (LDC), Global Clean Energy Holdings, Inc., and Bayer have unveiled a strategic collaboration to promote camelina cultivation in Argentina as part of Bayer’s PRO Carbon program. 

The initiative underscores the companies’ collective commitment to driving supply chain decarbonization and fostering more efficient and sustainable agricultural production.

Camelina, prized for its ultra-low carbon footprint as a feedstock for advanced biofuels, is pivotal in this collaboration. 

As an “intermediate crop,” camelina is strategically planted in Argentina during the winter months between primary crops, such as soybeans and corn, to safeguard soil health. 

LDC and Global Clean Energy have been actively promoting camelina cultivation in Argentina since 2023, and this collaboration further solidifies their dedication to sustainable agricultural practices.

Juan José Blanchard, COO of LDC and Head of Latin America emphasizes the significance of this collaboration in driving sustainable agricultural production in Argentina. 

He states, “This collaboration is an important step towards more sustainable agricultural production in Argentina in line with LDC’s collaborative approach to sustainable business, taking into account the needs and challenges of all participants in the value chain, particularly the producers, who depend on the global food and agricultural system and whose actions play such an important role in mitigating climate change.

Global Clean Energy, a leader in camelina production with over 18 years of expertise in genetic improvement, is instrumental in advancing camelina cultivation in South America. 

Noah Verleun, President and CEO of Global Clean Energy, expresses enthusiasm about the collaboration, highlighting its potential to position camelina as a cornerstone of regenerative agriculture while facilitating the expansion of sustainable feedstock production for advanced biofuels on a global scale.

Bayer, renowned for its commitment to promoting regenerative agriculture, spearheads the PRO Carbon program. 

This program integrates sustainable solutions and digital tools to enhance productivity while restoring nature. 

Juan Farinati, President and CEO of Bayer Southern Cone, underscores the program’s role in fostering a carbon-neutral agricultural future, stating, “Leading the change towards a more responsible agricultural model that restores soils is possible. In this case, it is necessary to incorporate camelina as an alternative winter rental service crop, which is in line with the objectives of the PRO Carbon program.”

The strategic collaboration among LDC, Global Clean Energy, and Bayer heralds a new era of sustainable agricultural practices in Argentina, paving the way for enhanced environmental stewardship and resilience in the face of climate change.

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