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Scott Mundell

Senior Compliance Manager, DuPont Pioneer

Growing up, my family operated a small corn and soybean farm in north central Indiana. I was active in FFA and knew I wanted a career in agriculture. That desire became a reality when after earning my bachelor’s of science in biochemistry from Purdue University, I joined DuPont Pioneer. I started out looking to discover novel traits for insect control. In 1999, I took on a new role for Pioneer, overseeing compliance of our regulated field trials for crops containing GMOs. I currently lead biotechnology compliance globally for all crops. My favorite thing about this job is the tremendous impact I can make on the health and welfare of people around the world by helping ensure they have access to safe and affordable food. In my free time I like to hang out with friends and family, and like many of us, take a nice vacation and forget about work on occasion.

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Posted On: Friday, 8/30/2013 4:40 pm
A: Seed companies, university researchers and others have been studying corn pollen for years. In fact, understanding pollen movement is critical at Pioneer to develop new corn hybrids, maintain the purity of parent seed and research plots, and produce seed crops each year. We know that similar maturities of corn, planted during a similar timeframe, in fields that are located close to one-another would have the potential for a low level of cross-pollination. But we also know that with best... Continue Reading
Posted On: Thursday, 8/08/2013 10:10 am
A: I’m not aware of the situation you reference in your first question. But I do know that cross-pollination between commercial hybrids and native varieties has occurred since the advent of commercial hybrids and is a natural process. Mexican growers have improved native varieties by selecting traits best suited to their production requirements, including traits introduced through commercial maize hybrids. However, native seed varieties also are preserved and stored both internationally and at... Continue Reading
Posted On: Tuesday, 8/06/2013 7:22 pm
A: The issue of pollen flow has been important to seed companies and scientists for years. Because corn is an open pollinating plant, it is important to our business to understand how far pollen travels and under what conditions. Managing that pollen flow is important to developing new hybrids and producing a high quality seed crop – regardless of whether that seed is GM or not. We’re not aware that organic certification has ever been revoked due to the inadvertent presence of GM material in an... Continue Reading
Posted On: Thursday, 8/01/2013 12:07 pm
A: It's a long journey between GM and non-GM plants coexisting and the potential cross-pollination you're concerned about: First, a plant can only pollinate another closely related plant. So, for example, corn can pollinate corn, but not soybeans.Also, pollen movement varies by crop. Corn and soybeans are the most widely planted GM crops in the United States, so we’ll focus there. Soybeans are nearly 100 percent self-pollinating, meaning there is little risk of cross-pollination or pollen... Continue Reading
Posted On: Wednesday, 7/31/2013 1:15 pm
A: It is possible for organic corn production and GM corn production to coexist in the same area. In fact, there are many farmers who raise both organic and GM corn crops. It is one of the great things about U.S. agriculture―there are markets and opportunities for all types of production practices, and farmers have a history of working together to manage crops appropriately. There are a number of well-researched and documented good management practices that help limit pollen flow between... Continue Reading
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