Source: DuPont and Pioneer
"Drought tolerance technologies are part of the next great wave of agricultural innovation that will improve agronomic characteristics of plants so they more efficiently use available resources," said James Borel, DuPont executive vice president. "They will further empower farmers with better product choices to meet growing demand while reducing their environmental footprint."
Increasing agriculture productivity to meet growing global demand for food must be accompanied by an intense, innovative effort to enhance the environmental imprint of farming to be sustainable, said Borel.
"We face the daunting challenge of nearly doubling agriculture production to meet the demands of the estimated 9 billion people expected by 2050," said Borel. "Success in this endeavor will require new and sustained levels of innovation, such as improvements in drought tolerance, to increase productivity of the global food supply without increasing the stress upon our natural resources or the environment."