Realize Sustainable Agriculture for Crops and the Environment
Sustainable agriculture has the potential to both improve the food supply and protect the environment. DuPont is committed to helping growers in Europe realize that potential.
According to United Nations’ estimates, global population is expected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050. But the world’s land and resources — from water to fertile land — are finite. Sustainable agriculture is critical to ensuring that the world’s growing population has enough to eat.
Realize What’s Possible in Europe
At DuPont, we’re confident we can tackle global and local sustainability challenges head-on, through innovation and collaboration.
Four DuPont Sustainability Principles
DuPont combines crop protection science and application expertise with specific knowledge about local soil, weather and crops in Europe, to help create sustainable agriculture strategies. Guiding principles include:
- Driving Productivity: Each year, 20 to 40 percent of potential food production is lost to insects, weeds or diseases. Making agriculture more efficient, along with yield and quality improvements, can help us feed more people from the same land base.
- Protecting People and the Environment: Working side-by-side with growers, DuPont is collaborating to apply global innovations to help local growers gain productivity, while taking care of beneficial species, the environment and people.
- Realizing What’s Next: DuPont has a long-term commitment to sustainable agriculture. We’re dedicated to spending $10 billion on research and development, and the creation of 4,000 products focused on improving food security and agricultural sustainability by 2020. Beyond the lab, we plan to facilitate 2 million engagements with young people around the world, to transmit knowledge about food security. And we’re committed to improving the livelihoods of at least 3 million farmers and their rural communities through outreach and investments that strengthen agricultural systems.
- Earning Trust: Through transparency and communication, we work to earn the confidence of key stakeholders. In 2012, DuPont was proud to be named to Dow Jones’ Sustainability Index, which tracks the performance of the world’s publicly traded sustainability leaders.
Together, We Can Feed the World.
Our vision for sustainable agriculture centers on working with growers, distributors, governments and other key stakeholders, in Europe and around the globe, to ensure that DuPont Crop Protection solutions help answer the rising demand for food, fiber and fuel, while conserving precious natural resources.
Because at DuPont, we believe answers to the challenge of feeding a growing population can only be found through collaboration. Together, we can realize a sustainable, growing world for current and future generations.
Source: United Nations, World Population Prospects: The 2012 Revision, New York: 13 June, 2013.
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