Sourcing Ingeo: Raw Materials
NOT MADE FROM OIL
According to the most recent World Energy Outlook report (International Energy Association, Nov. 2008):
- Oil prices will rebound to more than $100/barrel once the economy recovers and will exceed $200 by 2030.
- Output from the world's oil field is declining at a rate of 9%.
||This means we must plan the future around abundant and renewable solutions like Ingeo!
- Ingeo is made from dextrose (sugar) that is derived from field corn already grown for many industrial & functional end-uses. In North America, corn has been used first because it is the most economically feasible source of plant starches.
- We use less than 1/20th of 1% (0.05%) of the annual global corn crop today, so there's little to no impact on food prices or supply (1).
- The process does not require corn, we only need a sugar source. This could include sugar beets, sugar cane, wheat and more.
MANY FEEDSTOCK CHOICES...
In the future...
- Ingeo will be made from cellulosic raw materials, agricultural wastes and non-food plants.
|We are committed to a long term plan to transition the current raw material supply to residual biomass. This is a key part of the Ingeo journey to responsible innovation.
GM & SOURCE OPTIONS
- Making Ingeo does not require genetically modified (GM) materials.
- Ingeo is certified by GeneScan to contain no genetic material.
- Currently, the corn grown in the U.S. is a mixed stream of GM and conventional corn.
- To address variable global market demands around GM feedstock, NatureWorks offers 3 certified source options.
(1) 2007/2008 World Corn Production: 790.91MM MT. At capacity, NatureWorks uses 2.2lbs of corn per lb of Ingeo manufactured.