Why We Use Biotech
With biotech, we’re able to help plants do things they couldn't do before, provide more convenient, healthy food choices, find sustainable solutions for safer, simpler homes and communities, and tackle global issues including energy security, food production, malnutrition and the environment.
At DuPont, we believe the significant good that can be accomplished by putting science to work is only beginning to be realized. Our solvers are constantly exploring ways to use the tools of biotechnology to generate more affordable, efficient and environmentally sustainable solutions that have the potential to make lives better, safer and healthier for people everywhere.
Food, materials, energy generation, polymers, sensors and electronics all have the potential to benefit from safe, responsible and commercially viable applications of biotechnology. These benefits include lower costs, higher quality products and reduced reliance on fossil fuels—along with other environmental benefits.
On the Farm
Advances in biotechnology have allowed farmers to grow better crops while taking better care of the earth. Biotechnology enables some crops to better fight off pests, allowing farmers to apply pesticides less often and lighten our environmental impact. Other crops give farmers weed control options that help increase crop productivity and promote no-till farming which enhances soil health and water quality. Improving livestock feed also contributes to water quality, as well as helping produce quality meats and decreasing phosphorus amounts in manure.
On the Table
Consumers see the benefits of biotechnology in solutions that meet their demand for healthy, nutritious and convenient food that doesn’t compromise on performance or taste. Through lactase enzymes that make wholesome milk calcium available to the 70% of the world's population who are unable to tolerate lactose in their diet, and soybean oil with 0g trans fat, less saturated fat and the highest amount of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat available in soy, DuPont biotechnology researchers are developing more convenient, healthier choices in grocery stores and tastier foods for the family dinner table.
How We Live
Biotechnology can enhance more than just how we eat—it can improve how we live and work, as well. At DuPont, we're applying our knowledge of biology with other areas of science to fit—and adapt to—consumers' lifestyles. From optimized medical diagnoses and sensors, to improved construction and clothes, we're finding sustainable solutions to make households safer, communities healthier and life simpler.
For the World
Agriculture around the world is challenging, especially in developing countries where farmers don't have access to as many tools to fight drought, plant diseases and insects or improve crop yields. Biotechnology offers opportunity for a world population expected to exceed 9 billion by 2050. Today we’re helping to increase global food production on less land than ever before—94% more corn alone was raised on just 34% more acreage since 1981. At the same time, we’re developing tomorrow's drought and heat-resistant corn. We also see significant potential for crops to thrive in poor quality soil where sand is scarce, and to maintain yields with less nitrogen.
Biotechnology's potential also includes solutions to problems of malnutrition. DuPont is the technology provider to the Africa Biofortified Sorghum Project, which uses biotechnology to enhance the nutritional value of this important food source in Africa.