Washington, DC (PRWEB) March 16, 2009
Soyatech, LLC and Natural Products, Inc. (NPI) each announced $50,000 donations to the World Soy Foundation as hunger and development organizations gathered in Washington, D.C. for a nutrition conference hosted by the World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) program and the World Soy Foundation.
"Soyatech and Natural Products are extraordinary partners for the World Soy Foundation's work to nourish hungry children and others who need soy protein the most," said World Soy Foundation Interim Executive Director Jim Hershey. "These companies have the expertise and the corporate philosophies that make their financial support even more powerful as we join forces with them in the coming years."
"Soyatech looks forward to expanding its work in developing countries where we know that soy protein has so much potential to improve the health of children and adults as well as create important economic opportunities for food industry microenterprises to grow their businesses," said Soyatech CEO Chris Erickson.
"Natural Products, Inc. is pleased to be part of the World Soy Foundation," said General Manager Paul Lang. "We hope to encourage, train and support anyone in the world who wants to use soy as a sustainable food source. The thought of hungry children and families learning how to grow and consume soy gives us a great reason to be involved."
U.S. soybean growers created the World Soy Foundation, a 501c3 charitable organization as a means of expanding the humanitarian efforts of WISHH. The World Soy Foundation works with private voluntary and non-governmental organizations to implement and support soyfood and soy protein feeding and development projects, coupled with nutrition education, to people in need around the world. Projects sponsored by the World Soy Foundation include complementary foods for children 6-36 months, school feeding programs and nutrition assessment and research services.
Today, more than 963 million people are undernourished in the world. According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the ongoing financial and economic crises could tip even more people into hunger and poverty. UNICEF reports that undernutrition, including protein deficiency, is a major contributor to more than one-third of all deaths of children under age five. Hunger manifests itself in many ways other than starvation and famine. Long-term impacts of protein deficiencies include stunting in children and heightened susceptibility to illness of children and adults.
About Soyatech, LLC
Soyatech (http://www.soyatech.com) is a global media, marketing, and event company that assists food, oilseed, agri-business, and agri-transportation sector firms to assess and develop market opportunities through its publications, conferences, webinars, and widely used internet platform. Founded in 1985, the company publishes the annual Soya & Oilseed Bluebook, the industry's leading source of information on oilseed and agribusiness companies and products, an industry-focused email newsletter (in daily and weekly editions), and Soyatech.com, the award-winning business-to-business online resource for the industry.
About Natural Products, Inc.
Natural Products, Inc. (NPI) is a Grinnell, Iowa-based manufacturer of food ingredients for the soyfoods, bakery, tofu, and beverage industries. Many of NPI's processing technologies are the result of developing a new ingredient in conjunction with a food or beverage manufacturer. "More than half of our total annual production volume goes toward making custom ingredients that we have co-developed with our customers," Lang says. "Our best customer is the one who wants something that nobody has ever done, or that nobody has ever done with soy."
More information about the World Soy Foundation is available at http://www.worldsoyfoundation.org.
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