St. Louis, Missouri, April 26, 2010 — Focusing on the community, environment and links to the next generation, Novus celebrated the 40th anniversary of Earth Day by planting a Swamp White Oak tree at the global headquarters in St. Charles, Mo., and with hosting scholarship recipients from the Missouri Colleges Fund (MCF) for the 2nd Annual Science Day. From the initiatives of a few in the U.S.A. on April 22, 1970, Earth Day has grown to be celebrated in 175 countries. Over the years, science based innovation has contributed to reduction in some pressures on natural resources. However, more needs to be done.
Novus International Inc., a global leader in animal health and nutrition, continues to research ways to intensify the sustainability of agriculture. The 295 person team at Novus global headquarters is one-third of the Novus family in the 50-country network, positioned to support agriculture in its role as natural resource stewards.
“The agriculture industry plays a unique role in the global effort to protect and preserve the environment,” said Dr. Joyce Cacho, Chief Sustainability Officer, Novus International. “Novus customers and farmers, around the world have adopted new practices and technologies that are environmentally friendly and improve the performance of their livestock operations.”
Incorporating the next generation in the Earth Day celebration at Novus is pivotal to the commitment to increase the interest of young people in further intensifying sustainability in agriculture. For the second year, scholarship recipients of Novus supported by the MCF program enjoyed an interactive day, learning about careers in science. The day included learning about science and several aspects of the US Green Building Council’s LEED Platinum certification of Novus’ global headquarters.
“It was very special to host these students, because they are with us, learning about how to realize their aspirations on the first anniversary of Novus being awarded LEED Platinum status for our global headquarters,” said Cacho.
The three intertwined events reflect the increasing importance of agriculture, throughout the world. It is through the next generation of scientists, farmers and Novus employees understanding the need for combined solutions to the agriculture and food challenges that there will be several more Earth Days to celebrate.
“Although these events are celebrated in April, for Novus, farmers and future scientific leaders working together, everyday is Earth Day,” Cacho said.