DuPont leader stresses collaboration as the key to improving global nutrition
DAVOS, Switzerland — DuPont Nutrition & Health President Craig F. Binetti told participants at the World Economic Forum here that developing partnerships with local
governments, businesses and universities while continuing to pursue scientific breakthroughs in nutrition research are the keys to elevating global nutrition.
«Improving nutrition around the world takes place when private and public businesses, governments and non-governmental organizations work together in the best interest of people,»
Binetti said. «DuPont has taken extraordinary steps to work with local enterprises in developing countries to deliver highly nutritious products, and intends to do more.«
Binetti participated in a forum panel titled «Investing in Nutrition» which discussed how nutrition can be improved broadly and cost-effectively in less developed countries and how
businesses should respond to changing consumer demands related to nutrition. Binetti discussed how four «mega trends» unfolding around the world directly affect the food supply and
nutrition: population growth; increased food production; the drive for renewable fuels and materials; and the need for improved nutrition.
«With the world population expected to increase by 40 percent by 2050 — and much of that occurring in developing countries — a different food delivery model must be developed,»
Binetti said. «DuPont’s scientific endeavors are providing solutions for increased food production and safety, as well as improved nutrition. Farmers are producing higher yields; global
demands for food, fuel and renewable products are being satisfied; and the nutritional composition of foods is improving.«
Binetti pointed to DuPont’s Agriculture & Nutrition segment as a leading example of how business is bringing healthier and safer food to the world. The segment consists of Pioneer Hi-Bred,
which supplies superior seeds for farmers to grow crops; DuPont Crop Protection, which helps farmers protect their crops from pests and weeds; Solae, which supplies soy protein as a healthy and
nutritious source of an essential building block of life; and Qualicon, which offers advanced DNA-based detection of microbes such as Salmonella, Listeria and other pathogens in food, from raw
ingredients to finished products. Binetti also serves as chairman and CEO of Solae.
«Nutrition is a key area for the food industry, as it affects the entire spectrum of human health,» Binetti said. «Healthy and safe food provides sustainable development and
helps to reduce disease.«
Solae has ongoing programs in Africa that address nutrition in developing countries. In coordination with the Nigerian government, Tetrapak, local suppliers and the World Initiative for Soy in
Human Health (WISHH), Solae is helping to provide soy protein-fortified beverages as part of a Nigerian school feeding program. The program aims to create a sustainable local economy for
farmers while helping children receive adequate nutrition.
«The Nigeria school feeding program is a great success,» Binetti said. «This is the type of collaboration that businesses, governments and non- governmental organizations need
to undertake in order to ensure every human has access to healthy and affordable nutrition.«
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