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Jennifer Spurgat

U.S. Market Acceptance Manager, BASF

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Jennifer Spurgat serves as the U.S. Market Acceptance Manager at BASF, where she focuses on stakeholder management, technology acceptance and policy development. She previously worked in Bayer’s Office of Legislative Affairs in Washington, DC. Before coming to BASF, Jennifer worked for the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG), focusing on trade issues, farm policy, transportation and crop insurance. Prior to working for NAWG, Jennifer worked on Capitol Hill for Members of Congress from Montana and Washington state, concentrating on agriculture and natural resource issues.

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Q: Maine farmer Jim Gerritsen said: "If I decided to spray my house purple and I sprayed on a day that was windy, and my purple paint drifted onto your house and contaminated your siding and shingles, there isn't a court in the nation that wouldn't in two mi

Answered By Jennifer Spurgat - Mar 27, 2014

A: As part of the agricultural biotechnology industry, we support the private property rights of farmers and believe they have the choice to plant crops that best meet their needs, whether they be organic, conventional or biotech. We advocate coexistence—the concurrent cultivation of conventional, organic and genetically engineered crops consistent with underlying consumer preferences and choices. A broad range of production practices may be employed or accounted for in a successful coexistence scheme, and farmers regularly use several production practices and processes to achieve the desir [...]

Business Practices GMOs & Farmers

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Q: Where can I find a list of all GMO vegetables, fruit, seeds, nuts, grains, spices, etc that are approved and in the stores already?

Answered By Jennifer Spurgat - Jun 30, 2014

A: Thank you for taking the time to visit GMO Answers, and for your question regarding the approved GM products on the market. As you may know, in the late 20th century, advances in technology enabled scientists to expand the genetic diversity of crops. For decades, dedicated researchers from universities, government and private companies have worked to create safe technologies, including plant biotechnology, that have helped farmers around the globe increase the yield of crops while requiring less land and fewer inputs, both of which lessen the impact on the environment and reduce costs for far [...]

Answered By Jennifer Spurgat - Jun 30, 2014

A: Thank you for taking the time to visit GMO Answers, and for your question regarding the approved GM products on the market. As you may know, in the late 20th century, advances in technology enabled scientists to expand the genetic diversity of crops. For decades, dedicated researchers from universities, government and private companies have worked to create safe technologies, including plant biotechnology, that have helped farmers around the globe increase the yield of crops while requiring less land and fewer inputs, both of which lessen the impact on the environment and reduce costs for far [...]

GMO Basics Health & Safety

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Q: Where can I find a list of all GMO vegetables, fruit, seeds, nuts, grains, spices, etc that are approved and in the stores already?

Answered By Jennifer Spurgat - Jun 30, 2014

A: Thank you for taking the time to visit GMO Answers, and for your question regarding the approved GM products on the market. As you may know, in the late 20th century, advances in technology enabled scientists to expand the genetic diversity of crops. For decades, dedicated researchers from universities, government and private companies have worked to create safe technologies, including plant biotechnology, that have helped farmers around the globe increase the yield of crops while requiring less land and fewer inputs, both of which lessen the impact on the environment and reduce costs for far [...]

Answered By Jennifer Spurgat - Jun 30, 2014

A: Thank you for taking the time to visit GMO Answers, and for your question regarding the approved GM products on the market. As you may know, in the late 20th century, advances in technology enabled scientists to expand the genetic diversity of crops. For decades, dedicated researchers from universities, government and private companies have worked to create safe technologies, including plant biotechnology, that have helped farmers around the globe increase the yield of crops while requiring less land and fewer inputs, both of which lessen the impact on the environment and reduce costs for far [...]

GMO Basics Health & Safety

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Q: How does wheat gluten relate to GMO?

Answered By Jennifer Spurgat - Nov 23, 2015

A: Thank you for taking the time to submit your question about GMOs and gluten. While there is no genetically modified wheat currently commercialized anywhere in the world, and GMOs are not related to gluten, I appreciate this opportunity to share some resources where you can learn more about gluten and why it is such an important protein in wheat and other crops.   Gluten is a protein not just found in wheat, but also in other crops, including rye and barley, which helps foods like bread, maintain their shape. The Wheat Foods Council, a leading source of science-based information on whea [...]

By Community Manager - Oct 23, 2015

A: The short and easy answer is that they are not related. Gluten is a protein in wheat and is said to be the glue that holds or binds bread together while giving it a desired chewy texture. Because wheat gluten cannot be tolerated with those having celiac disease, it has received enormous attention in the past several years mostly as a gluten-free diet craze for both celiac sufferers as well as the general population. While wheat is the primary grain containing gluten, it is also found in smaller amounts in rye and barley.     Genetically modified or GMO wheat is not currently [...]

Answered By Jennifer Spurgat - Nov 23, 2015

A: Thank you for taking the time to submit your question about GMOs and gluten. While there is no genetically modified wheat currently commercialized anywhere in the world, and GMOs are not related to gluten, I appreciate this opportunity to share some resources where you can learn more about gluten and why it is such an important protein in wheat and other crops.   Gluten is a protein not just found in wheat, but also in other crops, including rye and barley, which helps foods like bread, maintain their shape. The Wheat Foods Council, a leading source of science-based information on whea [...]

By Community Manager - Oct 23, 2015

A: The short and easy answer is that they are not related. Gluten is a protein in wheat and is said to be the glue that holds or binds bread together while giving it a desired chewy texture. Because wheat gluten cannot be tolerated with those having celiac disease, it has received enormous attention in the past several years mostly as a gluten-free diet craze for both celiac sufferers as well as the general population. While wheat is the primary grain containing gluten, it is also found in smaller amounts in rye and barley.     Genetically modified or GMO wheat is not currently [...]

GMO Basics Health & Safety

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Q: How does wheat gluten relate to GMO?

Answered By Jennifer Spurgat - Nov 23, 2015

A: Thank you for taking the time to submit your question about GMOs and gluten. While there is no genetically modified wheat currently commercialized anywhere in the world, and GMOs are not related to gluten, I appreciate this opportunity to share some resources where you can learn more about gluten and why it is such an important protein in wheat and other crops.   Gluten is a protein not just found in wheat, but also in other crops, including rye and barley, which helps foods like bread, maintain their shape. The Wheat Foods Council, a leading source of science-based information on whea [...]

By Community Manager - Oct 23, 2015

A: The short and easy answer is that they are not related. Gluten is a protein in wheat and is said to be the glue that holds or binds bread together while giving it a desired chewy texture. Because wheat gluten cannot be tolerated with those having celiac disease, it has received enormous attention in the past several years mostly as a gluten-free diet craze for both celiac sufferers as well as the general population. While wheat is the primary grain containing gluten, it is also found in smaller amounts in rye and barley.     Genetically modified or GMO wheat is not currently [...]

Answered By Jennifer Spurgat - Nov 23, 2015

A: Thank you for taking the time to submit your question about GMOs and gluten. While there is no genetically modified wheat currently commercialized anywhere in the world, and GMOs are not related to gluten, I appreciate this opportunity to share some resources where you can learn more about gluten and why it is such an important protein in wheat and other crops.   Gluten is a protein not just found in wheat, but also in other crops, including rye and barley, which helps foods like bread, maintain their shape. The Wheat Foods Council, a leading source of science-based information on whea [...]

By Community Manager - Oct 23, 2015

A: The short and easy answer is that they are not related. Gluten is a protein in wheat and is said to be the glue that holds or binds bread together while giving it a desired chewy texture. Because wheat gluten cannot be tolerated with those having celiac disease, it has received enormous attention in the past several years mostly as a gluten-free diet craze for both celiac sufferers as well as the general population. While wheat is the primary grain containing gluten, it is also found in smaller amounts in rye and barley.     Genetically modified or GMO wheat is not currently [...]

GMO Basics Health & Safety