Agriculture and Nutrition

Agriculture and Nutrition with DuPont

DuPont scientists and engineers are transforming agriculture and the way food is grown, processed and distributed.

It’s our mission to provide solutions to ensure that food supplies are harmless, abundant and more nutritious to the overall health of our nation’s citizens. We are working every day to advance the nutritional content of crops and help U.S. farmers and growers increase their yields.

Sixty percent of our research and development dollars goes into agriculture and nutrition improvements. We also innovate to improve food packaging, so vital nutrients and freshness are locked in, and pathogens are locked out.

DuPont is also a trusted source of products and solutions for land management. In public spaces, our herbicides help control weeds and overgrown brush alongside roadside rights of way to help maintain the natural beauty in pastures and rangeland, and help reduce the threat of fire.

National Food Safety

Our scientists and engineers work to improve national food safety, and make sure there is enough healthy and safe food for everyone.

Nutrition and Health

In the United States alone, 1 in 6 people struggle with hunger. So DuPont strives to improve the nutritional content of food by sharing resources and knowledge that can help ensure that recipients of government-funded programs—especially students, families, single parents and soldiers—have access to nutritious, heart-healthy and plentiful food sources. Innovations like Pioneer® brand soybeans with the Plenish® high-oleic soybean oil, and our businesses Solae and Danisco, have led to healthier, more nutritious offerings that use fewer resources and provide an improved nutritional profile to food.

Industrial Biotechnology

To become a more self-sufficient and sustainable country, we turn to biotechnology and other bio-based solutions to turn alternative fuel sources into primary fuel sources. We’ve been successful in deriving basic materials and fuels we use on a daily basis from renewable, farm-grown sources like corn, soybeans, sugar cane and wheat. Using bioactives, we can improve sustainability profiles, and by unlocking the full potential of biorefineries, we are able to get the most out of our agricultural feedstocks.

Land Use Management

To combat unwelcome weeds and brush alongside roadside rights-of-way and public spaces, our invasive species land management solutions maintain the natural beauty of public spaces and help reduce the threat of fire. Our herbicides also help in protecting and preserving investments in pasture and rangeland for cattle and forage producers. DuPont is committed to ensure that future generations can enjoy our land for years to come, because the land we protect is also the land we must maintain.

Food Safety

In order to prevent the food our citizens eat from doing more harm than good, DuPont works tirelessly to combat dangerous food contaminants. We provide innovative and science-based solutions that are used in everything from manufacturing to processing to packaging. The award-winning DuPont™ BAX® System provides for diagnostic testing of bacteria in raw ingredients, finished products and environmental samples. And businesses like Danisco produce food ingredients that can help make food safer and increase its shelf life -- ensuring that the U.S. population has access to food that retains its freshness longer. 

Crop Yield Enhancement and Disease Resistance

Feeding its citizens is one of the most important jobs for any governing body, and having a sustainable food supply means finding ways to enhance crop yields, while also protecting them from any diseases. Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business, is doing its part by collaborating with farmers around the world to help maximize productivity and quality. We believe in the right seed for the right acre, so our scientists are developing new seed products that help to not only increase crop yields, but make them more nutritious as well.