Bayer CropScience Discusses Sustainable Innovations in Food Security at
Washington, D.C. Summit
David Hollinrake, Vice President, Describes Need for a New Revolution in
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., Nov. 8, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via PRWEB -
Speaking to an audience of food security advocates, farmers, CEOs,
governmental agency leaders, academics and students from universities
throughout the United States, David Hollinrake, Vice President for
Agricultural Commercial Operations Marketing at Bayer CropScience, discussed
Bayer's vision of a new agricultural revolution at the inaugural "Feeding the
Planet" Summit hosted by George Washington University in downtown Washington,
D.C. on October 30.
Hollinrake described the steps Bayer is taking to help society prepare to
address the challenge of providing food to a growing world population that is
expected to be more than 9 billion people by the year 2050.
"We believe research is the key to enabling healthy food for everyone," said
He discussed recent advances in modern agriculture and how technology has
driven practices described as "precision agriculture."
The challenge associated with the wealth of data available is how to help
farmers translate the data into capabilities to do more on the same amount of
land. Hollinrake stressed the importance of moving from "precision
agriculture" to what he termed "decision agriculture."
Bayer's goal, said Hollinrake, is to find solutions that address this and many
other challenges farmers face while conserving resources and ensuring
Hollinrake pointed to the increasing problem of weed resistance and difficult
to control weeds, which are estimated to impact over 50% of U.S. farmers. From
a food security perspective, Hollinrake explained that weed control is of
critical importance because it is estimated that weeds consume enough food to
feed 1billion people.
"Continued investment in R&D offers the best hope of addressing such
challenges, which is why Bayer is investing more than $1billion dollars
annually to help improve crop production," explained Hollinrake.
Hollinrake noted that no single company or institution is capable of achieving
food security for a hungry planet. He described the need for collaboration and
Bayer's outreach within academia and governments, and among food chain
partners, NGOs and others who can contribute to finding sustainable solutions.
In addition to Daivid Hollinrake, speakers at the Feeding the Planet summit
included Chris Policinski, President and CEO of Land O'Lakes. Inc.; Dr. Rajiv
Shah, Administrator, USAID; Krysta Harden, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department
of Agriculture; Shenggen Fan, Director General of the International Food
Policy Research Institute; Dr. Phil Miller, Vice President, Monsanto; Jason
Clay, Senior Vice President, World Wildlife Fund; and Julie Borlaug, Assistant
Director of Partnerships at the Norman Borlaug Institute for International
Agriculture. The summit was moderated by Frank Sesno, Director of the School
of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University and founder of
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Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health
care, agriculture and high-tech materials. This year the company looks back on
150 years of working to fulfill its mission "Bayer: Science For A Better
Life". Bayer CropScience, the subgroup of Bayer AG responsible for the
agricultural business, has annual sales of EUR 8,383 million (2012) and is one
of the world's leading innovative crop science companies in the areas of
seeds, crop protection and non-agricultural pest control. The company offers
an outstanding range of products including high value seeds, innovative crop
protection solutions based on chemical and biological modes of action as well
as an extensive service backup for modern, sustainable agriculture. In the
area of non-agricultural applications, Bayer CropScience has a broad portfolio
of products and services to control pests from home and garden to forestry
applications. The company has a global workforce of 20,800 and is represented
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