Innovative technologies such as nanotechnology or plant biotechnology offer solutions for the key challenges facing our society – for climate protection or in the area of health and nutrition, for example. The same product stewardship standards that apply to all other BASF products are also applied to new technologies.
Our management of nanomaterials is described in our Code of Conduct Nanotechnology. The dialogue with our stakeholders plays an important role. Since 2004, we have been involved in national and international dialogue forums for nanotechnology. Furthermore, we are committed to safety research, the findings of which are published. Our most recent project is NanoGEM, sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). NanoGEM is investigating the absorption and distribution of nanoparticles in the human body. In the past four years alone, BASF has taken part in approximately 20 projects, collaborations and partnerships.
In our plant biotechnology activities, we further improved our internal quality control processes for the genetically modified potato variety Amflora® after identifying small quantities of another genetically modified potato during in-house quality controls of Amflora fields in northern Sweden in 2010. We provided the authorities with access to all documents regarding our potato production and worked with them to determine the necessary steps. We were able to trace the history of all the potatoes and thereby find the cause of the problem.