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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Q: Given there are similar levels of scientific consensus regarding climate change and GMO safety, why is it that so many people who are firmly committed to mitigating the effects of climate change based on scientific consensus are equally firmly of...
Posted On: Wednesday, 10/16/2013 11:31 am
Answered By: Andy Hedgecock, Director, Scientific Affairs, DuPont Pioneer, Tuesday, 2/11/2014 10:12 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
Q: The term GMO to refer to food derived from plants whose genetic endowment, in part, includes traits inserted or deleted through biotech techniques is both highly predjudicial and hardly accurate. Even if genetic engineering had not been invented,...
Posted On: Friday, 9/27/2013 5:14 pm
Answered By: Andy Hedgecock, Director, Scientific Affairs, DuPont Pioneer, Friday, 4/11/2014 9:06 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
Q: Who will benefit from your genetically modified crops? What does your company hope to achieve with genetic modification?
Posted On: Saturday, 8/10/2013 6:48 pm
Answered By: Andy Hedgecock, Director, Scientific Affairs, DuPont Pioneer, Thursday, 8/22/2013 3:23 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
Q: The anti GM Lobbyists often refer about the research carried out in EU. How far these research findings in EU are reliable?
Posted On: Friday, 8/09/2013 2:33 am
Answered By: Andy Hedgecock, Director, Scientific Affairs, DuPont Pioneer, Monday, 12/09/2013 4:07 pm
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
Q: - Reposted to this section of the forum from another thread so as to include a specific category -The list of funding partners for this web site clearly indicates the kind of answers we are most likely to see here. They can only be slanted in favor...
Posted On: Wednesday, 7/31/2013 10:38 am
Answered By: Andy Hedgecock, Director, Scientific Affairs, DuPont Pioneer, Friday, 8/16/2013 2:17 pm
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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