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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

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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 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 [...]

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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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Q: Has Hawaii banned GMO s

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 [...]

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