Green New Deal Vote Over, Now Time to Get to Work

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March 29, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) President & CEO Chris Jahn issued the following statement following today’s vote on the Green New Deal.

“While today’s vote on the Green New Deal was largely symbolic, the conversations created by the non-binding resolution have the potential to be positive and lead to real change and action. We must all be good stewards of our shared resources, something the fertilizer industry has long known and championed through increased efficiencies, sustainability efforts and nutrient best management practices.

“Fertilizer accounts for over 50% of global food production, but we constantly strive to be more efficient with both the production and use of our globally critical products. In 2017 our industry captured, re-used or recycled nearly a quarter of all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and generated over half of all operating energy through waste heat capture. The amount of C02 emissions captured in 2016 was the equivalent of taking 1.7 million cars off the road for a year.

“Fertilizer has also reduced global deforestation, the effects of which harm our planet’s ability to absorb carbon emissions. Without the yield increasing effects of fertilizer on just U.S. corn alone, our country would need an additional 175 million acres of farmland, which is roughly the size of Texas.

“We are proud of our achievements and will continue to innovate to increase our efficiency and enhance sustainability efforts, as we have done for years. With the vote on the New Green Deal behind us, we hope that the real work of designing, advancing and implementing solutions that recognize the critical need for fertilizer to feed a world population expected to reach 10 billion by 2050 while minimizing environmental impact.”

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The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) is the leading voice of the nation’s fertilizer industry. Tracing its roots back to 1883, TFI’s membership includes fertilizer producers, wholesalers, retailers and trading firms. TFI’s full-time staff, based in Washington, D.C., serves its members through legislative, educational, technical, economic information and public communication programs. Find more information about TFI online at TFI.org and follow us on Twitter at @Fertilizer_Inst. Learn more about TFI’s nutrient stewardship initiatives at nutrientstewardship.org and on Twitter at @4rnutrients.