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Andy Hedgecock

Former Director, Scientific Affairs, DuPont Pioneer

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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.

Andy is no longer an employee of DuPont Pioneer. Answers from Andy were provided in his former capacity as Director, Scientific Affairs, DuPont Pioneer.

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Q: - Reposted to this section of the forum from another thread so as to include a specific category -The list of funding partners for this web site clearly indicates the kind of answers we are most likely to see here. They can only be slanted in favor of GMO

Answered By Andy Hedgecock - Aug 16, 2013

A: I see your curiosity here, and I share your interest. We have investigated GM maize, and our studies demonstrated a different observation than you had. The basic design of these studies is a comparison between livestock fed diets containing GM or non-GM maize. We use performance indicators, like overall weight, average daily gain and milk production in the case of dairy cows, to gauge the nutritional equivalence of the GM and non-GM feed. These performance indicators also are a good measure of palatability, because if the animals don't like the feed, they won't eat as well and [...]

Environment Health & Safety How GMOs Are Made

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Q: Who will benefit from your genetically modified crops? What does your company hope to achieve with genetic modification?

Answered By Andy Hedgecock - Aug 22, 2013

A: Improved nutrition is one of the many exciting things we can achieve through genetic modification. For example, biotech companies such as DuPont Pioneer are close to commercializing soybeans that produce oil with a better nutrition profile than traditional soybean oil. This high-oleic oil has 0 g trans fat and less saturated fat and is higher in heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, similar to what you would find in olive oil. In developed countries like the United States, we worry about cutting back on calories, while the challenge in many parts of the world is getting enough. Genetic modi [...]

GMO Basics Health & Safety Modern Agriculture

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Q: We have found that plants / fruits grown from GMO seeds bare unprecedented consequences for the consumers (humans and farm animals) by measuring the respective resonant frequency of the non-modified (natural) version and the gmo modified version of the pl

Answered By Andy Hedgecock - Nov 01, 2013

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 50 studies in Europe alone, at a cost of >200 million euros and performed by more than 400 research gr [...]

Environment GMOs Globally Health & Safety

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Q: After reading about all the information on genetically engineered foods, I have made the choice to avoid buying all genetically engineered products. It is my prerogative to do so and my mind is made up. I do not buy foods that may potentially be transgeni

Answered By Andy Hedgecock - Nov 18, 2013

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 products grown without the benefit of biotechnology. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Certif [...]

Environment GMOs & Farmers GMOs in Groceries