Jim Gaffney, Ph.D.

DuPont

Jim Gaffney, Ph.D.

Strategy Lead, Biotech Affairs and Regulatory, DuPont Pioneer

As a former farm kid, I’m grateful my work as a regulatory product strategy lead at DuPont Pioneer keeps me connected to my roots. I started with Pioneer in fall 2010 and work on advancing agronomic traits like those that help our crops better use water and nitrogen. We raised corn, soybeans, and hogs on our farm in southwest Minnesota, and not surprisingly, my undergrad degree is from the University of Minnesota. I earned my master’s from South Dakota State University and my Ph.D. at the University of Florida. I’m particularly passionate about improving African Agriculture – an interest that dates back to my time as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon, Central Africa, where I worked at an agricultural technical school.

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Posted on July 27, 2015
Response from Jim Gaffney, Ph.D., Strategy Lead, Biotech Affairs and Regulatory, DuPont Pioneer • May 18, 2016
The public sector – academia, national research programs and the global CG (Consultative Group of International Agricultural Research) system – has traditionally been a source of excellent research and creativity for food crop improvement. However, genetic modification (GM) technology is a challenging area for most public institutions due to the elaborate and complicated global regulatory framework currently in place.    Public-private collaborations offer some of the... Read More
Posted on January 12, 2015
Response from Jim Gaffney, Ph.D., Strategy Lead, Biotech Affairs and Regulatory, DuPont Pioneer • May 9, 2016
A lot goes in to creating global food security, to say the least, and while genetic modification (GM) and other applications of biotechnology for agriculture definitely can help, they are not the only solutions. Improved infrastructure, like roads and storage, and connecting farmers to markets and credit so they can purchase inputs and sell excess production for a fair price are a few of the basics we take for granted in North America, but are often missing in many parts of the world.... Read More
Posted on November 12, 2014
Response from Jim Gaffney, Ph.D., Strategy Lead, Biotech Affairs and Regulatory, DuPont Pioneer • May 18, 2015
Food waste in both rich and developing countries is a problem that needs to be addressed, but it takes on much different forms depending on where you live. Even if we were able to prevent all food waste, it would not preclude the need for greater sustainable productivity for which biotechnology provides many solutions.   Let’s first talk about waste. In developed economies like the United States, I’ve seen it estimated that as much as 30 percent of our food is wasted, mostly... Read More
Posted on September 8, 2014
Response from Jim Gaffney, Ph.D., Strategy Lead, Biotech Affairs and Regulatory, DuPont Pioneer • January 9, 2015
The answer is yes – academia and industry have, and continue to, work on many exciting innovations that improve nutrition, make better use of inputs, and increase environmental sustainability. Here are a few examples:    The Plenish® soybean from DuPont Pioneer produces oil with zero trans fat, less saturated fat, and more heart-healthy monounsaturated fat than traditional soybean oil.    I am proud to work on the Africa Biofortified Sorghum... Read More
Posted on August 6, 2014
Response from Jim Gaffney, Ph.D., Strategy Lead, Biotech Affairs and Regulatory, DuPont Pioneer • January 9, 2015
In short, yes, genetically modified (GM) crops are one tool with great potential for helping feed the growing population. The challenge is not just one of increased productivity though, but also of improving prosperity for millions of smallholder farmers and environmental stewardship and sustainability. That's a tall order and we’ll need all the tools available to us.     Let’s first think about North American agriculture, which has amongst the highest crop... Read More
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