Sustainably feeding a growing population requires innovation and collaboration like we've never seen before," said James C. Borel, DuPont Executive Vice President
Chicago, IL (Vocus) May 6, 2010
Governments must implement policies that encourage innovation and provide farmers with access to the best technologies industry has to offer to meet the challenge of feeding a global population of 9 billion by 2050, DuPont Executive Vice President James C. Borel told attendees of the 2010 BIO International Conference on Tuesday.
“Sustainably feeding a growing population requires innovation and collaboration like we’ve never seen before,” said Borel. “That is as true for food and agriculture policy as it is for helping growers increase the productivity of their farm.”
Improved global coordination of import and cultivation of biotech crops, for example, could have a dramatic positive impact of world food security, Borel said. Regulatory procedures and requirements differ from country to country, resulting in trade disruptions and delayed introductions of new technologies that have the potential to greatly increase grower productivity and food supply.
The current system is needlessly limiting farmer access to safe and proven technology today and the impact will increase as the number of biotech traits increases, Borel said.
According to the Joint Research Center of the European Commission, today only 30 biotech events are cultivated worldwide. In five years, more than 120 individual events will be cultivated, with thousands of event combinations, or trait stacks, possible.
He challenged private and public sectors, governments and regulatory agencies to find new ways to collaborate and recognized innovative collaborations that have taken place. The International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) is a global organization with representation from public and private researchers. ILSI position papers, research studies and recommendations related to food safety, risk assessment and the environment carry great weight with global regulators. The Codex Alimentarius Commission, created by the World Health Organization and United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, has adopted a standard for assessing the food safety of low level presence of transgenic traits that have been authorized for commercialization in a country.
“We are reaching out and collaborating with partners around the world – all toward delivering sustainable solutions that meet the world’s most pressing needs today and well into the 21st century,” said Borel. “A harmonized, predictable science-based regulatory system is a goal fitting all our collective attention as we work together to address the pressing need to feed the growing population.”
DuPont 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 70 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture and food; building and construction; communications; and transportation.