Food Security Can Be Addressed through Science-Powered Innovation & Unprecendented Collaboration

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DuPont Chief Sustainability Officer Discusses Challenges of Feeding Growing Global Population

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If we are to achieve real food security, we need to collaborate on enduring solutions that will impact the maximum number of people and partner to deliver local solutions for those most in jeopardy.

With the world’s population surpassing 7 billion later this year and the challenges of feeding a growing population base escalating, science-powered innovation and unprecedented collaboration can help address the challenge of food security, said DuPont Vice President & Chief Sustainability Officer Linda Fischer at Fortune magazine’s Brainstorm GREEN this week.

“Science-powered innovation can help our growing population feed itself by enabling farmers to get the most yield per acre, protecting crops from pests and disease, reducing spoilage with new packaging technologies and value-chain logistics, as well as working with farmers around better nutrient management,” said Fisher. “If we are to achieve real food security, we need to collaborate on enduring solutions that will impact the maximum number of people and partner to deliver local solutions for those most in jeopardy.”

Fisher joined fellow panelists Peter Seligman, chairman and CEO of Conservation International, and Arlin Wasserman, vice president of Sustainability at Sodexo, for a discussion on food security which included addressing the importance of food self-sufficiency, especially in developing countries.

“The world will have more than 9 billion people by 2050,” Fisher said. “To help address the challenge of feeding the growing population, we need to bring our collective might as business leaders, non-government organizations, academia, governments, farmers and others to collaborate in ways we haven’t done in the past and even thought of yet for the future.”

Brainstorm GREEN is a high-powered community of thought leaders and business leaders who come together to exchange innovative ideas and build valuable relationships. The participants are diverse — CEOs and senior executives of Fortune 500 companies, government policymakers, leading thinkers, investors and environmental activists.

DuPont – one of the first companies to publicly establish environmental goals 20 years ago – has broadened its sustainability commitments beyond internal footprint reduction to include market-driven targets for both revenue and research and development investment. The goals are tied directly to business growth, specifically to the development of safer and environmentally improved new products for key global markets.

DuPont (http://www.dupont.com) is a science-based products and services company. Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere. Operating in more than 90 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture and food; building and construction; communications; and transportation.

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