Jane A. Stautz is the Global Product Stewardship & Sustainability Leader for Dow AgroSciences where she is responsible for leading the company’s product stewardship programs for new and existing products throughout their life cycle. She has more than 25 years of experience in crop protection and plant biotechnology. She has been instrumental in leading industry-wide efforts to promote product safety and responsible use. She serves on the Board of Directors of Excellence Through Stewardship® and on CropLife International’s Biotech Stewardship Committee. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Service & Administration in Agriculture and Agricultural Business from Iowa State University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan.
Jane A. Stautz
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Q: Why do biotech companies sue small family farmers for the use of their product if cross pollination occurs? The farmer may not have even have known something was wrong or different with his crop until a lawsuit is filed? What do biotech companies...
Posted On: Friday, 8/02/2013 10:46 am
Answered By: Jane A. Stautz, Global Product Stewardship & Sustainability Leader, Dow AgroSciences, Friday, 9/20/2013 6:02 pm
A: This is a question that we've seen several times on GMO Answers, and a misperception that we'd very much like to correct. None of our companies has ever sued a farmer when trace amounts of our patented seeds or traits were present in the farmer's field as an accident or as a result of inadvertent means, such as through cross-pollination. As an industry, we support all forms of agriculture, regardless of farm size, ownership or philosophy.
Q: Can someone please explain that if a farmer who doesn't grow GMO but gets contaminated by GMO from other areas can be sued by the GMO companies?
Posted On: Tuesday, 7/30/2013 2:10 pm
Answered By: Jane A. Stautz, Global Product Stewardship & Sustainability Leader, Dow AgroSciences, Wednesday, 8/28/2013 12:07 pm
A: While it is important for technology providers to protect their patents and agreements relative to seeds, where trace amounts of patented seeds or traits are present in a farmer's field as a result of inadvertent means (e.g., pollen drift), the technology providers do not exercise their patent rights.
Q: Lately I have read that many GMO crops are performing badly, that super weeds are taking over and requiring ever more of your pesticides than before. How can I mutate my own body in the same manner as those super weeds, in order to ensure my...
Posted On: Monday, 7/29/2013 10:57 pm
Answered By: Jane A. Stautz, Global Product Stewardship & Sustainability Leader, Dow AgroSciences, Thursday, 12/19/2013 3:39 pm
A: Thank you for your novel question. It raises multiple issues, which the following attempts to address: How can I mutate my body in the same manner as these superweeds? Mutation is a naturally occurring process, and your body is probably already undergoing thousands (or hundreds of thousands) of mutations every day, all by itself, most of them harmless and resulting from normal metabolic processes. More to the point, though, what is more likely happening with your so-called “superweeds” is... Continue Reading
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