Some of the Australia’s most respected food security experts will participate in a special forum, on Tues., March 11, in Canberra. The panel is gathered to discuss new research findings in the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) report, Feeding Asia Pacific: Australia’s role in regional food security.
The forum, hosted by Rik L Miller, DuPont Crop Protection president, is the latest in a serious of global food security spotlight events, which have taken place around the world since the launch of the EIU’s Global Food Security Index, sponsored exclusively by DuPont.
Since 2012, DuPont has been bringing people together from around the globe to talk about the critically important challenge of food security – from Washington DC to Chile, Johannesburg to Brussels, Sao Paolo to Mexico and Singapore to New Delhi.
DuPont is proud to bring that discussion to Canberra, Australia, to examine the significant role Australia plays in helping meet the food needs of a rapidly growing Asia Pacific region.
On the panel:
- David Speers, Sky News, political editor – Panel moderator
- Hon. Tim Fischer, Australia Crop Diversity Trust, board member
- Gary Dawson, Australian Food and Grocery Council, CEO
- Cameron Hall, Elders, general manager, trading
- Matthew Cossey, CropLife Australia, CEO
- Phil Todd, Economist Intelligence Unit, Global Custom Research Director
- Rik Miller, DuPont Crop Protection, president
Be a part of this event. Visit dupont.com.au to learn more about the event or follow us on Twitter @DuPontAusNews and join the conversation using #asiafoodbowl,
The forum will be broadcast live on the Australian Public Affairs Channel and the Australia Broadcasting Corporation’s national news channel ABC2. The broadcast can be viewed via a livestream on their website, www.apac.tv.
A download on demand webcast will be available shortly after the event. We will share website details when they are available.
Global consortium of scientists achieve research breakthrough to make sorghum crop more nutritious; will contribute to food and nutrition security
An important step toward introducing pro-vitamin A (beta carotene) into sorghum, a staple food in Africa which is naturally deficient in key nutrients, has been taken. According to a DuPont announcement today, not only has the level of pro-vitamin A been improved to levels that result in delivery of 100 percent of the daily vitamin A requirement in children, but the stability of pro-vitamin A during storage also has been dramatically improved. These research breakthroughs will help improve nutrition for the nearly 300 million people in Africa who depend on sorghum, but who do not have access to another staple that provides the essential nutrients that sorghum lacks.
“Nutrition is the building block of life,” said DuPont Pioneer President Paul E. Schickler. “The achievement of enhancing both the quantity and stability of pro-vitamin A in sorghum marks a critical advancement in ensuring local farmers cannot only grow more food, but more nutritious food.”
The ability to achieve 100 percent of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin A in children from sorghum has never been achieved before.
Read more about ABS Initiative achievements here…
DuPont contributes expertise, as well as monetary, in-kind and capacity building support to the ABS Initiative.
Prof. Andreu Palou, winner of DuPont Science Award in Spain & Portugal
Within the theme of the latest edition of the DuPont Science Award relating to the field of health and nutrition, Dr. Andreu Palou has been recognized for his scientific contributions in the area of molecular nutrition: the regulation system of body weight (obesity); leptin and the relationship between diet and (epi-) genetics (nutrigenomics and personalized nutrition); the diet/illness mechanisms related to food safety and efficacy; functional food; and the identification of health claims on foods and new biomarkers for European substantiation of health claims in food.
Prof. Andreu Palou, winner of the DuPont Science Award in Spain & Portugal
Obesity – and the associated metabolic alterations – is one of the biggest nutritional issues today, with huge impact on health but also economics and society. Andreu Palou and his team are working in three main areas:
- Thermogenesis and thermogenetic food that would allow us to lose the excess of calories in the form of heat instead of fat,
- Omic or nutrigenomic biomarkers for early prediction of potential health alterations, and
- Obesity prevention.
In this last area, Prof. Palou and his team have discovered a new function of leptin, a protein that is present in breast milk but not in substitute milks. The protein has an effect on lactating babies that protect them against the obesity in the future.
The DuPont Science Award was established in the Iberian Peninsula under the auspices of Professor Severo Ochoa (Nobel Prize winner in Medicine 1959) in order to encourage initiatives which make an important contribution to the advancement of science and its applications. For the last twenty-two years, DuPont has been giving the award to Spanish and Portuguese scientists that have contributed with their work to the advancement of science.
You can find information on the foundation, jurors and other details related to the DuPont Prize of Science: http://www.premiodupont.org.
Dr. Andreu Palou is Professor and Director of the Laboratory of Molecular Biology and Nutrition, University of Balearic Islands and Head of Group Research Center on Obesity and Nutrition Network (CIBERobn)