June 24, 2015

24/06/2015: DuPont Industrial Biosciences President discusses the interconnected, complex challenges of feeding a larger, wealthier population at Agrivision 2015

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DuPont Industrial Biosciences President, Dr Bill Feehery, discussed the interconnected and complex challenges of feeding a larger, wealthier population in his talk 'Bridging the Gap Through Science, Collaboration And Transparency' at Agrivision 2015 on 17 June at 11.00-11.30 CET. His speech covered the importance of identifying the gaps between:
  • What is needed and what is produced
  • Emerged vs. emerging markets; growing wealth as well as growing population
  • Where we are today and where we need to be
Dr Feehery also discussed the contribution that companies like DuPont can bring to the table, through science, to address these challenges, and the fact that collaboration and transparency are key to success. Specifically, he looked at the need to:
  • Transfer knowledge locally and globally which DuPont achieves via its 150+ research and application labs around the world and 13 Innovation Centers.
  • Communicate transparently via tools such as DuPont’s Food Security Index, an annual survey on the state of food security in 109 countries across three internationally recognised dimensions: Accessibility, Affordability, and Quality & Safety that is produced with the Economist’s Intelligence Unit.
  • Achieving commercial sustainability for producers/achieving sustainable growth with new innovations such as probiotic/enzyme combinations that help producers reduce in-feed antibiotic use while also improving profitability.
  • Using resources more efficiently, reducing environmental impacts and increasing productivity worldwide – using the lessons learnt in agricultural, food and feed industries to develop sustainable and scalable innovations in  numerous energy sectors, both traditional and renewable,  and driving energy efficiency solutions with consumers and industry.
  • Investing in the bio-economy – DuPont’s new Iowa biofuels plant due to open in November this year will be powered by non-food corn stover, resulting in a 25 percent increase in ethanol production from existing acreage.
Andrew Harker, Global Business Leader of the animal nutrition division of DuPont Industrial Biosciences, commented, “We are delighted to collaborate with our business partner, Nutreco and continue our sponsorship of Agrivision into 2015. This event has evolved into an impressive and dynamic forum for animal protein industry leaders from across the globe to collaborate on the big issues & challenges, irrespective of geographical or competitive boundaries. DuPont remains committed to advancing scientific and technological research in support of more efficient and safer animal protein production. However we also recognise that the fostering of open & honest dialogue & collaboration within our industry, and with other stakeholders is also key to the industry’s future success.”
Danisco Animal Nutrition, a business subsidiary of DuPont Industrial Biosciences, helps animal producers around the world maximise the return on their feed investment, improve liveability and tackle environmental and sustainability challenges through the delivery of optimised enzyme, betaine and probiotic feed solutions. The company’s uniqueness  centres on its ability to combine these technologies, many of which are industry 'firsts'. It is also part of DuPont, which has become one of the most innovative and admired biotechnology organisations in the world. 

DuPont (NYSE: DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802. The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment.


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