Andy Hedgecock

DuPont

Andy Hedgecock

Former Director, Scientific Affairs, DuPont Pioneer

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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Posted on December 11, 2014
Response from Andy Hedgecock, Former Director, Scientific Affairs, DuPont Pioneer • May 15, 2015
“GMO” stands for genetically modified organism. GMOs are used for a variety of purposes, such as to produce human insulin, vitamins, vaccines or enzymes used in cheeses, fermented beverages and starch products. GMO Answers is focused on GM crops for agriculture. Currently, less than 10 GM crops are commercially available, including field and sweet corn, alfalfa, canola, cotton, soybeans, sugar beets, papayas and some summer squash. GMOs are not ingredients... Read More
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Posted on December 5, 2014
Response from Andy Hedgecock, Former Director, Scientific Affairs, DuPont Pioneer • May 15, 2015
I’m going to start by referring you to a response by Katie Pratt, who farms with her husband in Illinois. She explained in a previous response how PLU stickers can be used to identify and inventory produce. Here is an excerpt: “PLU stickers, or price lookup codes, are meant to offer grocers an easier way to check out and inventory produce. The numbers on them do have a purpose: A four-digit number preceded by a “9” means organic, and preceded by an “8”... Read More
Posted on March 17, 2014
Response from Andy Hedgecock, Former Director, Scientific Affairs, DuPont Pioneer • February 11, 2014
As you point out, the science overwhelmingly supports the safety of GM food. However, we also know that decisions about food are very personal and influenced by many factors. We launched this site to give people the chance to ask the questions about biotechnology that are most important to them. Author, journalist and environmental activist Mark Lynas addressed this question during his presentation at the Risk Science Center’s Bernstein Symposium in October 2013. Lynas was one of the... Read More
Posted on September 27, 2013
Response from Andy Hedgecock, Former Director, Scientific Affairs, DuPont Pioneer • April 11, 2014
You make very valid points in your question. The goal of food labeling, and this site, should be to provide information that helps consumers make their own determination about a topic that is important to them and their food choices. We believe any label—whether it references biotechnology, GMOs or another term—should be helpful, not confusing, for consumers.   We’re continuing to have conversations across the value chain and with a variety of stakeholders to figure out how we can best meet... Read More
Posted on September 19, 2013
Response from Andy Hedgecock, Former Director, Scientific Affairs, DuPont Pioneer • August 22, 2013
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... Read More
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