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: Wednesday, 7/31/2013 11:36 am
Answered By: Scott Mundell, Senior Compliance Manager, DuPont Pioneer, Friday, 1/31/2014 4:29 pm
A: The answer to your question depends on the crop. Since soybeans and corn are the two most commonly planted GM crops in the United States, I’ll focus on those crops. Soybeans are nearly 100 percent self-pollinating, so there is little risk of cross-pollination or pollen flow. For corn, numerous factors impact the likelihood of cross-pollination occurring: First, corn pollination occurs during a short, approximately one-week period, and that one-week period would have to overlap... Continue Reading
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