Soybean Innovations

SoybeanInnovations-Header-(940x430)_RD3QUALISOY supports innovation. Society has looked for ways to advance technologies and processes to improve agricultural outputs for centuries. From the plow to pasteurization to yield monitors and GPS-enabled tractors, innovation has long been at the forefront of agriculture and food production. It can help the food industry answer consumer demand for foods with improved product nutrition, and enhance ingredient performance and functionality to benefit their operations.

Advances in Soybean Breeding

Though products like high oleic soybeans and other traits in the pipeline are largely developed through modern biotechnology, innovation comes in many forms. Humans first saved seeds of crops that had desirable traits thousands of years ago, and techniques have advanced exponentially over time. Traditional breeding techniques may select for a more flavorful tomato, a seedless watermelon or a higher-yielding corn variety.

History of Genetic Modification

Multiple Growing Systems

GE=Genetically engineered

The majority of soybean farms in the United States employ the use of biotechnology. Both conventional and organic systems play a role.

Agriculture Embraces Sustainability and Biotechnology

When herbicide-tolerant crops became available to farmers, it soon became the fastest adopted crop technology in recent history. And, for good reason. The benefits to farmers were tremendous – reduced herbicide applications, decreased weed and insect pressure, increased yields and profits, as well as a plethora of environmental benefits. Now, after nearly 20 years since the introduction of the first genetically modified crop, farmers still embrace biotechnology. Advances in the field aim to increase nutritional benefits for consumers, protect against extreme weather conditions and address malnutrition around the globe.

Farmers are the quintessential stewards of the land. Many will tell you their goal is to improve the soil on their farms for future generations.
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Biotechnology: Oil Traits, Benefits & Safety

Biotechnology can contribute to that important goal of using environmentally sustainable farming practices.

  • Reduction of pesticides allows for use of more environmentally-friendly herbicides.
  • Preserves and improves soil quality through use of conservation tillage and no-till practices.
  • Reduces nutrients in farm runoff, increasing crops' fertilizer efficiency and conserving topsoil.
  • Agriculture’s "carbon footprint" is reduced. Biotechnology reduced 58.9 billion pounds of carbon dioxide emissions between 1996 and 2012, equivalent to taking 11.8 million cars off the road for one year.
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Biotechnology can add value for the consumer, such as a higher proportion of healthful fats, which support heart, brain and immune health. It also contributes many improved functionality traits that directly benefit the food industry.

As consumer understanding continues to grow, so does the potential for biotechnology to significantly contribute to progress in the food industry. To find out more, read the latest QUALISOY brochure, Biotechnology: Where Food Meets Innovation.

High Oleic Soybeans

High oleic soybeans were derived through biotechnology. Currently, high oleic soybeans are commercially available through two companies – Plenish from DuPoint Pioneer and Vistive Gold from Monsanto.

Plenish Logo Plenish high oleic soybeans are de-regulated for global trade with the exception of the EU where authorization is pending and expected in 2017.  The European Food Safety Authority has issued a positive opinion on the Plenish high oleic product and the final stages of approval by the European Commission are in process.

Vistive Gold Logo Vistive Gold high oleic soybeans have full global approval for trade and a full-scale commercial launch is planned for 2018. Both brands offer enhanced storage and processing stability, as well as an improved nutritional profile and food functionality.

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Plenish High Oleic Soybean Oil
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Vistive Gold High Oleic Soybean Oil