Sustainability in Food

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Learning where food comes from – My American Farm

The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture announced today the Foundation has reached more than 1.5 million school-age youths through its educational My American Farm program.

MyAmericanFarm_01My American Farm is an educational game platform launched in 2011 to engage pre-K through fifth grade learners in agriculture. Today the free site offers 19 agriculturally-themed games and more than 100 free educator resources such as lesson plans, activity sheets and comics.

“The My American Farm website is an amazing resource for elementary teachers,” said Lauren Hartzler Arbogast, an elementary school teacher in Harrisonburg, Va. “Since most of my students are generations away from actual production agriculture, I’m thankful for a resource like My American Farm that makes agriculture exciting and relevant for the students.”

This year, My American Farm will launch two new STEM related games, pilot food science day camps and increase outreach to elementary school teachers. Users also can now search educational resources and sort games by grade level and subject area. In addition to being more mobile friendly, the site will provide new resources, like downloadable recipe cards, free marketing resources and ideas for setting up a learning experience at a fair or event.

To take advantage of the free My American Farm resources, games and activities, visit www.myamericanfarm.org.

The My American Farm educational resource is a special project of the Foundation and made possible through the support of title sponsor, DuPont Pioneer.

East Africa Seminar: Potential for Packaging Innovations to Reduce Food Waste

Trade seminar underlines DuPont initiatives, collaborations and commitment to packaging performance and environmental sustainability in Sub-Saharan Africa

African_Packaging_ReducesWaste_02_smAs a world leader in market-driven innovation, DuPont hosted a food packaging seminar in Nairobi, Kenya, in November. Key players participated in the event, providing region-specific customers, as well as new prospects across the food and packaging industry, the opportunity to meet and discuss the latest issues regarding the development of food packaging  in the East African market.

East African economies now number among the fastest growing in the world, with Kenya enjoying a five percent growth in GDP each year. Such wealth translates into a growing middle class, which in turn, alters lifestyle and purchasing habits. In terms of packaged food, this has resulted in double-digit growth in 2013, as this new middle class moves away from traditional, unpackaged food. This evolving, increasingly sophisticated market brings with it new challenges and opportunities – particularly in the field of food packaging.

At the seminar, Lukas Bartek, Sales and Marketing Manager of DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers for Eastern and Central Europe, Middle East and Africa, noted that one third of all global food production is lost or wasted. With the world’s population expected to reach 9 billion by 2050, this is clearly an issue that needs to be addressed immediately. He noted that the improvement of packaging quality in particular, can play a significant role in preventing the alarmingly high quantity of global food waste.

Simiyu Wamalwa, Competitive Options Ltd speaking at the DuPont Kenya Packaging Seminar

Simiyu Wamalwa, Competitive Options Ltd speaking at the DuPont Kenya Packaging Seminar

Also presenting at the seminar:

The seminar gave participants a chance to exchange opinions about the future of the packaging industry and to have a closer look at the most updated technologies. Watch a video clip featuring the seminar, here.

DuPont has played a major role in providing technology to the packaging film industry around the world. Learn more about the DuPont™ Surlyn® story, here.

Cover_EIU_GFSI 2014_Special report_Food lossThe Economist Intelligence Unit published a special report in conjunction with the release of the 2014 Global Food Security Index, Food loss and its intersection with food security. Find the full report, here.

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.

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