What is Biotechnology Stewardship?

Product stewardship is the responsible and ethical management of a product from its discovery or development through to its ultimate use. From discovery and development of a product to its delivery and use in the market, Dow AgroSciences promotes good stewardship practices every step of the way.

Before a product can be field-tested or introduced into the market, approvals by appropriate governmental agencies are obtained, where applicable. Using the criteria established by these agencies, Dow AgroSciences conducts extensive, validated tests for our products. All research is conducted in strict compliance with applicable laws and regulations. For more information on field research trial compliance, please visit: Field Research Trial Compliance.


In addition, Dow AgroSciences' corporate policy requires that we apply a comprehensive Risk Review Process at key stages of a product's life cycle. This process begins at discovery and development, and continues through production and post marketing. As part of our commitment to Responsible Care, health and safety information on our products is made available at the Product Safety Assessment web site. For peer-reviewed, published studies on the benefits and safety of biotechnology, visit CropLife International's database. Dow AgroSciences is committed to bringing new biotechnology products to the marketplace in a responsible manner. As a member of both the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) and CropLife International (CLI), Dow AgroSciences supports BIO's Product Launch Stewardship Policy and CLI's Product Launch Stewardship Guidance. Dow AgroSciences, through our affiliates and licensees, takes great efforts to make sure that our customers understand the stewardship obligations for our products. Our product stewardship plans are based on grower and grain channel education, reinforcement through written and verbal communications, including product use guides, and grower assessments. Click on the following links for more information on Insect Resistance Management and Grain Marketing. Dow AgroSciences participates in business organizations and associations globally to promote the safe research and development, production, distribution, and use of biotechnology products. Dow AgroSciences supports the implementation of stewardship best practices as broadly as possible throughout the industry and value chain.

As a member of Excellence Through Stewardship®, Dow AgroSciences’ stewardship policies and procedures are audited by an external third party auditor to verify that appropriate stewardship programs and quality management systems are in place throughout the plant product life cycle.