Jim Gaffney, Ph.D.

Strategy Lead, Biotech Affairs and Regulatory, DuPont Pioneer

As a former farm kid, I’m grateful my work as a regulatory product strategy lead at DuPont Pioneer keeps me connected to my roots. I started with Pioneer in fall 2010 and work on advancing agronomic traits like those that help our crops better use water and nitrogen. We raised corn, soybeans, and hogs on our farm in southwest Minnesota, and not surprisingly, my undergrad degree is from the University of Minnesota. I earned my master’s from South Dakota State University and my Ph.D. at the University of Florida. I’m particularly passionate about improving African Agriculture – an interest that dates back to my time as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon, Central Africa, where I worked at an agricultural technical school.

From this Expert

Posted On: Thursday, 8/01/2013 1:18 pm
A: I've heard and read the claim that genetically modified crops have led to increased use of pesticides. This hasn't squared with my own experience, so I checked with a few neighbors and family members still on and around the family farm where I grew up. These are farmers who are 100-percent GM: herbicide-tolerant corn and soybeans and insect-control traits for both corn rootworm and corn borer in many of the corn hybrids they plant. And, for either crop, pesticide use has been somewhat reduced... Continue Reading
Posted On: Tuesday, 7/30/2013 10:33 am
A: Actually, new biotech crops continue to be registered, and farmer adoption of biotechnology continues to increase. In fact, in 2012, more than 170 million hectares of commercial biotech crops were planted by more than 17 million farmers in 28 developing and industrial countries around the world. Learn more here. But you are correct that for many important food crops—rice, cassava, banana and sorghum, for example―biotechnology has underutilized potential to help improve productivity and health... Continue Reading
Posted On: Monday, 7/29/2013 11:33 am
A: First, it’s important to note that the report you reference was criticized when it was released for claiming that “the true burden of environmentally (i.e., pollution) induced cancer has been grossly underestimated.” An ABC News reporter wrote at the time: “But paging through the lengthy report, it was difficult to find solid science to back that strong statement.” The American Cancer Society pointed out in a statement about the report that its conclusion “does not... Continue Reading


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