DuPont Biotech Position Statements

In addition to the DuPont Biotechnology Guiding Principles that guide our longer-term approach to the application of biotechnology, here are the DuPont positions on some of the most commonly-raised topics related to biotechnology.

Table of Contents

» Use of Biotechnology    
» Global Regulatory Systems
» Product Stewardship
» Safety Assessments   
» Sustainable Systems   
» Coexistence of Agricultural Practices 
» Trade of Commodity Grain Products    
» Integrated Pest Management   
» DuPont supports  

Use of Biotechnology

Biotechnology is a tool that DuPont’s problem solvers use to address global challenges. By learning from natural biological systems, our scientists can integrate those lessons into biotechnology-driven solutions.  Consistent with our core values, DuPont’s biotechnology positions confirm our commitment to comprehensive and responsible stewardship of biotechnology: a technology that we believe offers many significant benefits to society. 

As we decide where and why to develop biotechnology based products, we seek to understand many factors, including: (1) societal concerns on the use and application of biotechnology; (2) the level of acceptance and limitations in the understanding of biotechnology by different stakeholder groups; (3) the protection of our environment while using biotechnology in the field, laboratories, or manufacturing facilities; (4) the need for increased productivity of our research, production assets, and natural resources; (5) the sustainability in use of biotechnology in every value chain where we use it; and (6) the quality of life improvements that biotechnology brings to society in addressing critical human needs.  We also believe in continuous learning and improvement throughout our ongoing engagement process, and we strive to address emerging issues proactively with critical stakeholders.

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Global Regulatory Systems

Products of biotechnology are some of the most carefully scrutinized by global government officials, going through years of testing and multiple rounds of regulatory review around the world before product developers approve their commercialization. DuPont believes that a consistent, science-based, risk-bound, safety assessment and regulatory review is the most appropriate and effective means to protect human health, animal health and the environment. We also believe that efficient and effective regulation is key to maximizing consumer confidence in, and therefore acceptance of, the technology.

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Product Stewardship

Regardless of regulatory requirements, DuPont adheres to a rigorous product stewardship protocol in recognition of its long-standing commitment to safety and sustainability. DuPont uses a science-based approach to help ensure a rigorous and comprehensive stewardship assessment and process in its research, product development and commercialization efforts, and product life cycle management.

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Safety Assessments

DuPont puts all of our products derived from biotechnology through safety assessments to understand and evaluate the potential impacts of its products on human health and the environment, including any changes in composition, allergenicity, or toxicity for food and feed products. Only those products meeting generally accepted standards for human, animal and environment safety are pursued for commercialization.  Summaries of this data are available on our Website, through regulatory agencies and in scientific publications.

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Sustainable Systems

Sustainability is a critical element of what we do and who we are.  DuPont is involved in many internal and external activities to make our products and processes, and those of our customers, more sustainable.

Examples in agriculture include:

  • Improving  pollinator health through  research to understand stressors and support habitat restoration;
  • Reducing  soil and nutrient loss through watershed research projects and promotion of cover crops;
  • Preserving biodiversity of natural environments by developing low impact agricultural products;
  • Preserving biodiversity of crop germplasm by supporting gene banks and crop genetic-diversity collections.

We play an important role in the development of a sustainable Biobased Economy, both in downstream agricultural and industrial processes, as well as consumer applications, developing technology from renewable resources that replaces petrochemicals with biobased solutions, for example: 

  • •Biopolymers and advanced biofuels
  • •Enzymes and other bioactives, tailored to their applications, and aimed at supply chain process efficiencies and consumer savings, e.g.:
  • biodegradable enzymes in textiles, grain and food processing (replacing chemicals)
  • enzymes that allow reduced process temperatures (energy savings), including in consumer applications such as laundry and dish washing
  • enzymes and other ingredients that provide unique properties to food (e.g., improved  texture or improved nutrient profile) and that result in less food waste

To learn more about DuPont’s sustainability program, click here:
http://www.dupont.com/corporate-functions/sustainability.html

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Coexistence of Agricultural Practices

At DuPont, we believe there is no one right way to farm. Instead, there are many different farming philosophies that can and do successfully coexist across the globe. DuPont serves diverse farming practices (biotech, conventional, identity preserved, organic) with products, services and information that enable farmers to adopt the agricultural practices that best fit their local conditions and individual business needs.

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Trade of Commodity Grain Products

DuPont conducts export market assessments and value chain consultations to develop product specific regulatory, stewardship, and commercialization plans to meet applicable regulatory requirements in identified key importing countries prior to commercialization of a new biotech product. DuPont is a founding member of Excellence Through Stewardship.

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Integrated Pest Management

DuPont supports the use of Integrated Pest Management (IPM), including responsible monitoring and use of pest control methods and tools to manage the development of resistant pest populations. We believe insect or weed control options developed through biotechnology offer additional tools for use in IPM systems.

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Low-Level Presence

LLP is defined as low levels of recombinant DNA plant materials that have passed a food safety assessment according to the Codex Plant Guideline in one or more countries, but may on occasion be present in food in importing countries in which the regulatory approval process is not yet complete.

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DuPont supports:

  • •Globally aligned approaches to sampling and detection of plant materials and seed derived from biotechnology;
  • •Data sharing between regulators in different countries or regions for the purpose of resolving LLP situations;
  • •Mutual recognition of regulatory data packages and risk assessment outcomes between and among regulators globally;
  • •Risk management options that are proportional to the degree of risk identified in the risk assessment;
  • •The recognition that existing seed quality standards used in global trade for seed are appropriate standards to use for management of LLP situations for seed trade; and
  • •Alignment of regulatory timelines and data submissions to reduce potential for LLP
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