Andy Hedgecock

Director, Scientific Affairs, DuPont Pioneer

I’ve always had an interest in science, how things connect and relate, and teaching. Throughout my career I’ve been passionate about how to make complicated science more meaningful. What I love about my job is I get to do all of this every day! I work with an experienced team of scientists at DuPont Pioneer that engages the global scientific community to improve our understanding of agriculture biotechnology and apply that knowledge to tough challenges. I’m enthusiastic about this forum as a means to share my passion and help people find the answers to their questions.

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Posted On: Wednesday, 10/16/2013 11:31 am
A: As you point out, the science overwhelmingly supports the safety of GM food. However, we also know that decisions about food are very personal and influenced by many factors. We launched this site to give people the chance to ask the questions about biotechnology that are most important to them. Author, journalist and environmental activist Mark Lynas addressed this question during his presentation at the Risk Science Center’s Bernstein Symposium in October 2013. Lynas was one of the... Continue Reading
Posted On: Friday, 9/27/2013 5:14 pm
A: You make very valid points in your question. The goal of food labeling, and this site, should be to provide information that helps consumers make their own determination about a topic that is important to them and their food choices. We believe any label—whether it references biotechnology, GMOs or another term—should be helpful, not confusing, for consumers.   We’re continuing to have conversations across the value chain and with a variety of stakeholders to figure out how we can best meet... Continue Reading
Posted On: Saturday, 8/10/2013 6:48 pm
A: Improved nutrition is one of the many exciting things we can achieve through genetic modification. For example, biotech companies such as DuPont Pioneer are close to commercializing soybeans that produce oil with a better nutrition profile than traditional soybean oil. This high-oleic oil has 0 g trans fat and less saturated fat and is higher in heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, similar to what you would find in olive oil. In developed countries like the United States, we worry about... Continue Reading
Posted On: Friday, 8/09/2013 2:33 am
A: I can’t comment on the quality or credibility of a research study without the specific reference, but I will say that the body of scientific evidence is more important than any one individual study. In the case of biotechnology, the body of evidence overwhelmingly points to the safety of biotech crops for people and the planet. Major scientific bodies and regulatory agencies around the world have reviewed the research on GM crops and reached consensus on their safety. That includes the EU... Continue Reading
Posted On: Wednesday, 7/31/2013 10:38 am
A: I see your curiosity here, and I share your interest. We have investigated GM maize, and our studies demonstrated a different observation than you had. The basic design of these studies is a comparison between livestock fed diets containing GM or non-GM maize. We use performance indicators, like overall weight, average daily gain and milk production in the case of dairy cows, to gauge the nutritional equivalence of the GM and non-GM feed. These performance indicators also are a... Continue Reading


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