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DuPont News, November 1, 2011

7 Billion Reasons the World Needs Science-Powered Innovation

Yesterday, as the world welcomed its 7 billionth inhabitant, DuPont urged other companies, governments and NGOs to work together to find solutions based in science to the significant challenges we face as a consequence of dramatic population growth.  At DuPont, we think of this as The Global Collaboratory.

“As never before, our world requires science-powered innovation and collaboration to meet the food, energy and protection challenges of unprecedented population growth,” said Mark Vergnano, executive vice president.  “Ensuring that no one goes hungry, that we meet our energy needs and that people are safe and our planet renewed requires the public and private sectors to collaborate in new and expanded ways.

Mark Vergnano
“Population growth puts unprecedented demand on our planet and its resources, and is changing the way we live and work.  DuPont is focused on providing more and safer food, reducing dependence on fossil fuels and protecting people and the planet,” Mark said.  “For us, The Global Collaboratory is the spirit of working together to apply science and know-how to make an increasingly crowded world into a place that is better, safer and healthier for everyone.”

The following are just some of the ways DuPont is working to collaborate with partners around the globe to find solutions to these big challenges:

Feeding the World

Africa:  DuPont food scientists and Rab Processors work together to produce nutritious Sibusiso to help provide a solution to malnutrition and hunger in Malawi, Africa.

DuPont is bringing Pioneer hybrid seed technology to local farmers in Malawi, resulting in more nutritious and higher crop yields and improved quality of life.

Chile:  Chilean salmon producers at AquaChile are committed to providing a healthy source of protein and omega-3s to the world's growing population.  With DuPont and the World Wildlife Fund, they have now introduced an innovative new way to provide more nutritious protein, while sustainably maintaining our fish stocks for generations to come.

Indonesia:  After a pest crisis crippled rice farms in many countries throughout Asia in 2008, DuPont™ Rynaxypyr® insecticide helped farmers in Indonesia combat the pests that traditionally ravaged their harvests.

Decreasing the Use of Fossil Fuels

U.S.: Tennessee farmer Brad Black discusses how his 190-year-old family farm became part of a sustainable renewable energy pipeline.  DuPont and Genera Energy are creating ethanol and other biofuels out of switchgrass to ease dependence upon the finite resource of fossil fuels.

United Arab Emirates:  In Masdar, Abu Dhabi's stunning new sustainable development, is a living laboratory dedicated to proving the viability of green technologies at a citywide level.  When it came to manufacturing the thousands of solar panels required for the landmark project, Suntech turned to DuPont to deliver key enabling materials to ensure maximum efficiency and reliability.

Protecting What Matters Most

Mexico:  Affordable housing is a cornerstone of a safe and healthy lifestyle. DuPont and Repshel collaborate with a Mexican family and the local community to build affordable housing for a safer, healthier and more dignified life.

Brazil:  Brazilian Military Police Officer Da Silva and his wife, Lucia, discuss their personal encounter with the life-saving impact of bullet-resistant vests made with DuPont™ Kevlar®.

India:  To support their families, many women in India have taken jobs with Tata Steel. Traditionally, women in India wear saris while operating machinery.  DuPont worked with Tata Steel on industrial workplace safety to improve employee and contractor occupational safety, while remaining aware of the sensitivities of the Indian culture.

NatGeo Global Population App & Twitter Event

DuPont has partnered with National Geographic magazine to offer an app that is a collection of its related population coverage across 2011. The app, “7 Billion: How your world will change,” explores the challenges – and potential solutions – for coping with a growing human population in a world of limited resources with informative videos, interactive maps, in-depth articles and stunning photography.  It is available for free download for a limited time.

On Nov. 1, National Geographic @NatGeoLive will host a chat on Twitter beginning at 12 p.m. EDT with Robert Kunzig (@rkunzig), author of National Geographic’s The World of 7 Billion.  Kunzig will entertain questions on a variety of issues and challenges our world faces as it is impacted by 7 billion people.