ADM, University Of Illinois Start New Food-Waste Research

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URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Archer Daniels Midland and the University of Illinois are starting a new research effort intended to cut the millions of tons of grain now lost every year after harvest. They hope the grain will help feed the roughly 1 billion people who don't get enough to eat.

ADM CEO Patricia Woertz (wertz) and university officials announced plans for the new Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss on Wednesday. ADM will spend $10 million.

Woertz cited United Nations estimates that up to a fifth of the grain grown in the world is lost to mishandling or other problems.

University Vice Chancellor Steve Sonka will lead the institute. It will first study why some simple measures that could cut grain loss aren't more widely used in the developing world.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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