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Paul Minehart

Head, Corporate Communications North America, Syngenta Corporation

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Paul Minehart leads Corporate Communications in North America for Syngenta, one of the world's leading companies with more than 27,000 employees in over 90 countries dedicated to our purpose: Bringing plant potential to life. Through world-class science, global reach and commitment to our customers we help to increase crop productivity, protect the environment and improve health and quality of life. For more information about us please go to www.syngenta.com.

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Q: How does your company give back to the communities and farmers who welcome the chance to grow crops for you?

Answered By Aimee Hood - Aug 27, 2013

A: All of us at Monsanto are very active and proud in supporting the communities where we operate and where our farmer customers live. In 2012, Monsanto Company and Monsanto Fund―our philanthropic arm―collectively provided more than $32.2 million across the globe. Additionally, more than 4,600 employees logged more than 54,000 volunteer hours in the Americas alone.Following are a few additional details and examples of our efforts: Monsanto Fund is focused on one goal: strengthening farming communities and the communities where our employees live and work. In 2012, Monsanto Fund distributed [...]

Answered By David Sousa - Aug 27, 2013

A: Corporate Citizenship is critical to how Dow interprets and responds to external sustainability and responsibility expectations. Dow AgroSciences, the Dow Chemical Company and the Dow Chemical Company Foundation provide charitable gifts to eligible non-profit organizations in the communities where Dow operates that contribute to community success, support sustainability, foster science in society and stimulate innovation. Established in 1979, the Dow Chemical Foundation contributes to a more sustainable world by supporting charitable initiatives focused on community success, science education [...]

Answered By Wendelyn Jones - Aug 27, 2013

A: At DuPont Pioneer, we are proud to give back to our communities. It's important to us to invest in the many neighborhoods around the globe where our customers and employees live and work. Among other commitments, we provide volunteer resources and financial contributions to help improve farmer safety, young-farmer opportunities, food quality and access, and education at all levels. For example, we contributed important sorghum research in Africa to increase the amount and stability of pro-vitamin A, iron and zinc, and also to improve protein digestibility. This is important, considering nearl [...]

Answered By Paul Minehart - Aug 27, 2013

A: At Syngenta, our focus is on helping feed the growing world population by helping farmers around the globe grow more from less—­less land, water, fossil fuel, carbon release and other impacts to the environment and people. Check it out here. Many of our 27,000 employees volunteer, and the company funds mainly conservation, agricultural education and related efforts around the world. Also, the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture works in developing countries and emerging markets to help small farmers both feed their families and contribute to global food security. We [...]

Business Practices GMOs & Farmers

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Q: Has Hawaii banned GMO s

Answered By Community Manager - Jan 21, 2016

A: Overview: Although attempts to ban or impose restrictions on GMOs have been made in three Hawaii counties (Hawaii, Maui and Kauai), all ordinances that passed in these counties have been struck down in the federal district court, with that court’s decisions on appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  Currently, GMO crops continue to be legally grown in Hawaii.    Hawaii County: Some bills have been passed and overturned concerning the ban of GMO crops in Hawaii.  Bill 113 is one such bill, which the Hawaii County Council passed and Mayor Billy Ke [...]

Answered By Paul Minehart - Jan 21, 2016

A: On January 10, 2014, Agrigenetics, Inc. (a company affiliated with Dow AgroSciences LLC), DuPont Pioneer and Syngenta jointly filed a complaint in US District Court in Honolulu, Hawaii, against the County of Kaua‘i for violating the United States and Hawaii Constitutions, multiple federal and state laws and the Kaua‘i County Charter in the enactment of Bill 2491. On February 7, an amended complaint was filed, adding BASF to the complaint.   On August 25, 2014, the US District Court for the District of Hawaii invalidated the ordinance and enjoined the county from implementin [...]

Answered By Community Manager - Jan 21, 2016

A: Overview: Although attempts to ban or impose restrictions on GMOs have been made in three Hawaii counties (Hawaii, Maui and Kauai), all ordinances that passed in these counties have been struck down in the federal district court, with that court’s decisions on appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  Currently, GMO crops continue to be legally grown in Hawaii.    Hawaii County: Some bills have been passed and overturned concerning the ban of GMO crops in Hawaii.  Bill 113 is one such bill, which the Hawaii County Council passed and Mayor Billy Ke [...]

Answered By Paul Minehart - Jan 21, 2016

A: On January 10, 2014, Agrigenetics, Inc. (a company affiliated with Dow AgroSciences LLC), DuPont Pioneer and Syngenta jointly filed a complaint in US District Court in Honolulu, Hawaii, against the County of Kaua‘i for violating the United States and Hawaii Constitutions, multiple federal and state laws and the Kaua‘i County Charter in the enactment of Bill 2491. On February 7, an amended complaint was filed, adding BASF to the complaint.   On August 25, 2014, the US District Court for the District of Hawaii invalidated the ordinance and enjoined the county from implementin [...]

How GMOs Are Made

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Q: Has Hawaii banned GMO s

Answered By Community Manager - Jan 21, 2016

A: Overview: Although attempts to ban or impose restrictions on GMOs have been made in three Hawaii counties (Hawaii, Maui and Kauai), all ordinances that passed in these counties have been struck down in the federal district court, with that court’s decisions on appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  Currently, GMO crops continue to be legally grown in Hawaii.    Hawaii County: Some bills have been passed and overturned concerning the ban of GMO crops in Hawaii.  Bill 113 is one such bill, which the Hawaii County Council passed and Mayor Billy Ke [...]

Answered By Paul Minehart - Jan 21, 2016

A: On January 10, 2014, Agrigenetics, Inc. (a company affiliated with Dow AgroSciences LLC), DuPont Pioneer and Syngenta jointly filed a complaint in US District Court in Honolulu, Hawaii, against the County of Kaua‘i for violating the United States and Hawaii Constitutions, multiple federal and state laws and the Kaua‘i County Charter in the enactment of Bill 2491. On February 7, an amended complaint was filed, adding BASF to the complaint.   On August 25, 2014, the US District Court for the District of Hawaii invalidated the ordinance and enjoined the county from implementin [...]

Answered By Community Manager - Jan 21, 2016

A: Overview: Although attempts to ban or impose restrictions on GMOs have been made in three Hawaii counties (Hawaii, Maui and Kauai), all ordinances that passed in these counties have been struck down in the federal district court, with that court’s decisions on appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  Currently, GMO crops continue to be legally grown in Hawaii.    Hawaii County: Some bills have been passed and overturned concerning the ban of GMO crops in Hawaii.  Bill 113 is one such bill, which the Hawaii County Council passed and Mayor Billy Ke [...]

Answered By Paul Minehart - Jan 21, 2016

A: On January 10, 2014, Agrigenetics, Inc. (a company affiliated with Dow AgroSciences LLC), DuPont Pioneer and Syngenta jointly filed a complaint in US District Court in Honolulu, Hawaii, against the County of Kaua‘i for violating the United States and Hawaii Constitutions, multiple federal and state laws and the Kaua‘i County Charter in the enactment of Bill 2491. On February 7, an amended complaint was filed, adding BASF to the complaint.   On August 25, 2014, the US District Court for the District of Hawaii invalidated the ordinance and enjoined the county from implementin [...]

How GMOs Are Made

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Q: Why did China deny US corn with MIR 162 trait? What is DDGS?

Answered By Paul Minehart - Jun 05, 2015

A: Many news media reports throughout 2014 offered various reasons why China denied corn with the MIR162 trait, including that the trait had not yet been approved for import into China, that there was a large supply of domestic corn the Chinese government wanted to use, and that there were political and trade-related issues involved. In December 2014, China approved the trait for import, but China still has not imported much corn of any variety.   What is DDGS? Dried Distillers Grains with Solubles (DDGS) are a byproduct of corn ethanol production. In this process, corn is fermented to m [...]

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