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CSREES Administrator Colien Hefferan Delivers Keynote Address at the United Nations' Launch of the Global Partnership on Nutrient Management

Media Contact: Jennifer Martin, (202) 720-8188

NEW YORK, May 6, 2009 – CSREES Administrator Colien Hefferan delivered the keynote address today at the United Nations’ (UN) launch of the Global Partnership on Nutrient Management (GPNM), which aims to increase food security while protecting natural resources.  The meeting was held during the UN Commission on Sustainable Development’s annual meeting in New York City.

“Demand for food is expected to double over the next 25 to 50 years, and a lot of future food production will depend on the use of fertilizers and other nutrients that, when incorrectly applied, can harm the environment,” Hefferan said.  “This global partnership has the opportunity to develop and encourage sustainable food production practices to help meet rising food demand.”

The partnership was launched as a means to exchange information between the scientific community and policy makers from around the world.  The goals of the partnership are to raise awareness and disseminate information, facilitate the exchange of experiences and good practices and encourage action by all stakeholders.  A web-based platform will be developed with information, tools and training opportunities for partner organizations.  The UN Environment Programme is the Secretariat for GPNM and organized the global partnership.

CSREES staff assisted in the organization and launch of the partnership.  CSREES also supports research, education and extension activities to study, develop and promote the best management strategies to reduce or eliminate these potentially harmful compounds and pathogens.  These efforts help protect surface and ground waters, food products, and the air.  More information about the CSREES manure and nutrient management program is available online.

Through federal funding and leadership for research, education and extension programs, CSREES focuses on investing in science and solving critical issues impacting people's daily lives and the nation's future. For more information, visit www.csrees.usda.gov.

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