As the global population expands, so does the strain on freshwater resources. The world is projected to exceed nine billion people by 2050, which could mean 60–70% higher demand for food and the need to double the livestock production compared to 2017. Ramping up farming efforts will negatively impact the environment, if it’s not done carefully. For example, it could lead to an increase in nutrient runoff, namely phosphorus, from pig and poultry production – which can speed up eutrophication in rivers and lakes and cause acidification, diminishing freshwater supplies and disrupting vital ecosystems. In the U.K., as one example, an estimated 60% of nitrates and 25% of phosphorous in water bodies come from farming. If runoff amounts double, in line with projected growth, it could be devastating to the aquatic environment and detrimental to fresh water supplies.
DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences created DuPont™ Axtra® Phy to be a breakthrough phytase solution for pig and poultry feed that rapidly degrades phytate in the digestive tract, releasing energy, amino acids and nutrients such as phosphorous. Axtra® Phy enables a 15% increase in nutrient uptake, increasing animal performance and profitability while reducing phosphorous secretion by 30% from pigs and by 79% from poultry. The acidification potential in the water supply is also reduced, helping to preserve local water quality and food resources that rely on freshwater.
Using our solutions have resulted in 100,00 metric tons of nitrogen saved per year and 1.3 million metric tons of inorganic phosphate saved per year.
The 50 top leaders at DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences have identified seven central goals and two focus areas within the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In autumn, the company will host a workshop presenting tools for others with the same ambitions.
Expectant mothers can wake up to a wellness report of their unborn child and be notified if fetal heartbeat and movement are within acceptable ranges with the new Owlet Band, winner of two CES awards in the categories of Wearable Technology and Tech to Change the World. Specialized sensors housed in a fabric band that sits around the mother's abdomen track fetal heart rate and kick count, sending real-time data to a smartphone.
The agreement, supported by an initial investment of more than one million euros mainly made by DuPont, exemplifies the concept of circular economy and will lead to significant reductions in energy, water and transport consumption for both companies.