Biotechnology Can Address Global Mega Trends, DuPont Leader Says
Biotechnology Stewardship is Critical to Meeting Global Needs for Increased Food and Energy
Yokohama, Japan (Vocus) October 7, 2009 — Innovations in biotechnology can help address the growing global
demand for food and fiber and reduce dependence on fossil fuels, DuPont Executive Vice President James C.
Borel, told attendees of the BioJapan 2009 World Business Forum.
“Through biotechnology, we have the opportunity to transform how we produce and distribute food and how we
source energy and materials,” Borel said.
Borel noted that food security is increasingly being recognized as a key to security. He said plant biotechnology
will be a critical tool to doubling global agricultural output by 2050 and helping provide food security to the 9
billion people expected to be on the planet. He also noted the role biotechnology can play in addressing the need
for renewably sourced energy and materials as solutions are sought to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.
Borel gave examples of how the DuPont investment of more than $1 billion in research and development
annually is addressing mega trends:
• Increased Food Production: Investments in advanced plant breeding are increasing food production today
with innovations such as Y Series Soybeans from DuPont business Pioneer Hi-Bred, which have 5-10 percent
• Reducing Dependence on Fossil Fuels: A versatile fiber from DuPont called Sorona® has all the positive
attributes of nylon, but features an environmentally improved manufacturing process using 100 percent naturally
sourced ingredients. Demand for this fiber and other renewably sourced materials have more than doubled since
market entry two years ago. DuPont biotechnology also is key to the development of biobutanol, an advanced
biofuel being developed in partnership with BP. A joint venture was formed earlier this year – Butamax
Advanced Biofuels LLC – to market and commercialize the technology by 2012. A joint