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Scott Kohne

NAFTA Market Acceptance Manager, Seeds Unit, Bayer LP

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Scott Kohne is the NAFTA Market Acceptance Manager for the Seeds unit of Bayer LP. Responsibilities include stakeholder management, technology acceptance, maintaining and promoting a public policy environment for agricultural products.

Scott was born on a farm in Indiana and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University. He has worked for Bayer since 1999 holding various positions in Regulatory, and Public & Government Affairs. Previous to his work with Bayer, Mr. Kohne worked for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services where he managed the Feed, Seed and Fertilizer Laboratories and the Florida Petroleum Inspection Laboratory.

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Q: How would a world with no GMOs affect the average person

Answered By Scott Kohne - Apr 30, 2014

A: In trying to imagine a world without genetically modified (GM) plants, I would need to think back to the state of agriculture over 20 years ago and consider the impact of removing the tools and solutions that more than 18 million farmers in 27 countries have become accustomed to using in order to effectively and sustainably manage insects, weeds and diseases that rob yield and damage harvests, ultimately reducing farmers’ incomes and well-being. I imagine that the planet would also be suffering more from further loss of arable farm land as a result of the continued inevitability of climate ch [...]

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Q: If Monsanto, Dow, and the other "big chem" companies are so proud of their products and are so certain that they are great for the environment and for us, then why all of the all of resistance to labeling and insulation from lawsuits and criminal proceedi

Answered By Scott Kohne - Aug 18, 2014

A: Biotechnology companies are not the only ones opposed to labeling legislation. Farming organizations, grower groups, family farmers and ranchers, food producers, grocers, consumers, physicians, scientists, civic leaders, U.S. regulatory agencies and others have also come out against recent labeling legislative initiatives. For decades, agricultural biotechnology has helped improve food crops to resist disease, improve pest-management efficiency, improve food nutrition value and increase overall crop yield. Today, 70 to 80 percent of grocery products contain genetically engineered (GE) in [...]

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Q: What are ways to know when a new GMO is approved for commercialization in the US? Goal is to ensure GM product exported to Europe complies with EU GM regulations.

Answered By Scott Kohne - Nov 07, 2014

A: I see two separate points to address in your question. One is relative to compliance, and the second is about identifying a product as ready to commercialize by the product owner. If you are trying to absolutely understand whether a specific GM product is in compliance with the regulations of a specific country (for example, the EU), then the best approach may be to contact the regulatory officials within that country and ask them about the status of that product in accordance with their regulations. However, if you are trying to understand whether a product has been commercialized (achi [...]

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Q: What is the advantages of GMO? What is the principle of disease resistance of GMO and economic advantages?

Answered By Scott Kohne - Dec 08, 2014

A: According to the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA), between 1996 and 2012, GM crops contributed to food security, sustainability, the environment and climate change in many ways, including:    Increasing crop production valued at US$116.9 billion Conserving biodiversity by saving 123 million hectares of land Helping to alleviate poverty for 16.5 million small, resource-poor farmers and farm families (equaling approximately 65 million people total) Reducing agriculture’s environmental footprint by reducing CO2 emissions by 26. [...]

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