Solutions Must Become Broadly Sustainable
For DuPont, sustainable food production means more than expanding the food supply. It also encompasses social, economic and ecological considerations, such as infrastructure, storage, waste reduction and improving and preserving water quality—all of which are critical to achieving global food security.
Sustainable Nutrition Alternatives
Soy can play a significant role in ensuring food security into 2050 and beyond, as it yields approximately 356 pounds of usable protein and 500 pounds of oil per acre of farmland, compared to 82 pounds of protein for milk and 78 for eggs. Raising a ton of soybeans requires about 2,500 gallons of water, versus 4,500 for chicken and 5,900 for pork. Clearly, maximizing soy as a food source worldwide can boost nutrition while preserving natural resources. Solae™ soy proteins and Plenish™ high oleic soybean oil are at the forefront of delivering the nutritional benefits of one of the globe’s most sustainable crops.
Sustainable Planting Methods
It’s a given that agriculture consumes huge quantities of water, but mechanized methods – especially in commercial farming operations - also consume vast amounts of fuel. Cultivation, planting, harvesting, plowing under and disking can require 8 to 10 tractor trips over the land. DuPont Pioneer has developed technology to assist farmers in reducing tillage which may help improve water quality, increase carbon sequestration and reduce fuel use. Pioneer also supplies corn hybrids resistant to insects, diseases and herbicides which may reduce the need for tractor trips over the field for cultivation or spraying while achieving higher yields.
Sustainable Pest Control
It is estimated that 40 to 60 percent of global crop yield would be lost to insects or weeds without crop protection products. But pesticides must be created and applied in a manner that protects farmers and the greater environment. DuPont Crop Protection develops products on a parallel track—environmental considerations are part of the R&D process as well as efficacy. For example, methods are in development to treat seed stock before planting, reducing exposure of agricultural workers to crop protection products.
Learn more at: DuPont Food Security