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The DuPont Challenge Science Essay Competition is Open

DuPont Essay_01_smAttention students: Are you passionate about the exciting world of science? Are you intrigued by the possibilities that the latest scientific ideas and developments may hold for our future?

The DuPont Challenge, North America’s premier science essay competition, encourages you to delve deep into your interests in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and express yourself with creativity and purpose. Ours is a growing world that faces new challenges each day, and we want you to share your ideas for how science can help keep our global population supplied with food, safety, and clean energy.

Essays must be between 700 to 1,000 words in length, include a list of research sources, and fall under one of these four categories:

  • Together, we can feed the world.
  • Together, we can build a secure energy future.
  • Together, we can protect people and the environment.
  • Together, we can be innovative anywhere.

Learn more about the challenges and explore the competition website for valuable tips on writing your science essay. The official entry form will be active until January 31, 2015. Find the official rules here.

In the news: New Approach to Food Aid – DuPont and USAID

An article by Philip Brasher, which appeared in the Des Moines Register on Sunday, Dec. 7, features on-the-ground results of a joint agreement between DuPont and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to reduce global hunger and poverty by enabling smallholder farmers access to proven, safe, and transformative agriculture innovations.

The plan, part of the Obama administration’s Feed the Future initiative, is to give farmers bags of nonbiotech hybrid seed and train them on how to properly plant the seeds and apply chemical fertilizers. Only 1 in 10 Ethiopian farmers who grows corn typically uses improved seeds.

“Feed the Future demonstrates a new model of development, one working alongside partner governments, the private sector, civil society and innovators to help the world’s most vulnerable communities progress from dependency to self-sufficiency,” said USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah. “This is a true expression of American values.”

Read the full article online.

Fruit Industry Expo Provides Opportunity for Collaborative Food Security Discussion

DuPont Crop Protection Spain at Fruit Attraction 2014, sharing the pipeline and other innovation applications with stakeholders.

DuPont Crop Protection Spain at Fruit Attraction 2014, sharing innovative applications with stakeholders.

The DuPont commitment to food security — providing food that is more nutritious, safer and available to people everywhere — was evident at Fruit Attraction, a food industry exhibition recently held in Madrid, Spain. The event attracted more than 800 exhibitors representing all facets of the value chain from 20 countries who were interested in exploring the innovation and latest technologies applicable to this food industry sector.

“During these three days we mobilized more than 120 people who work closely with us. We also had the opportunity to share space with those who distribute our products, and have a direct relationship with the producer or final consumer,” said Piersilvio Paiero, director of DuPont Crop Protection in Spain. “For DuPont, being present at Fruit Attraction, is a unique opportunity to convey our desire for industry collaboration when considering future agriculture for sustainable food production.”

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