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: Tuesday, 7/30/2013 4:17 pm
A: I have not seen any information to explain or support the allegations that you state, so I’m going to skip ahead to the last sentence, which is your question.  Our supportive position is based on the scientific evidence of the safety and benefits of GM crops.  I would encourage you to read the following reports from well-respected international organizations for details on both the safety and the benefits: Safety From 2001 to 2010, the European Commission funded more than... Continue Reading
Posted On: Tuesday, 7/30/2013 1:03 pm
A: In the United States, food is labeled in accordance with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) policy, which is the same for foods derived from biotechnology as it is for conventional foods. For example, when a food product derived from biotechnology differs in composition, nutritional value or end use, that difference must be noted on the label, just as it is with other foods (e.g., margarine vs. low-fat margarine). As you point out, GMO labeling isn’t about safety. Nearly two decades... Continue Reading
Posted On: Monday, 7/29/2013 10:27 pm
A: First, I think it’s important to point out that nearly two decades of science and rigorous global review have demonstrated that biotech crops are safe. Therefore, biotech labeling is a question not of safety, but rather of how food is marketed. At DuPont Pioneer, we develop and market seed, both biotech and non-biotech, to meet the unique needs of our farmer customers and the markets they’re serving. As you’ve noted, there already are food marketing programs in place for consumers looking for... Continue Reading


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