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Wendelyn Jones

Global Regulatory Affairs, DuPont Crop Protection

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I have the exciting job of working with the food value chain to meet their customer requirements. As the Global Lead for DuPont™ SmoothTrade™, the best part of my job is getting to work with talented team members across the globe to solve important challenges - raising enough crops to meet our growing food, fuel and fiber needs. Working for DuPont Crop Protection, I help ensure the products we sell are carefully and responsibly managed and that all regulatory requirements are satisfied. Ultimately, my job is to deliver the right tools for managing pests into customer hands as quickly and safely as possible. In previous roles, I have served as Director of Registration & Regulatory Affairs and Global Policy and Scientific Affairs for a range of agricultural technologies. In my free time, I spoil my dog and I enjoy cooking for family and friends.

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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 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 [...]

GMOs Globally How GMOs Are Made Crop protectants


Q: How much time does it take and how much does it cost to successfully develop a hybrid with one or more transgenic traits from conception to commercial release. Can you categorize the portion of costs that are incurred as a result of meeting regulatory ap

Answered By Wendelyn Jones - Nov 07, 2013

A: You are correct that it requires a tremendous investment of both time and resources to bring a new biotech crop to market. A survey completed in 2011 found the cost of discovery, development and authorization of a new plant biotechnology trait introduced between 2008 and 2012 was $136 million. On average, about 26 percent of those costs ($35.1 million) were incurred as part of the regulatory testing and registration process. The same study found that the average time from initiation of a discovery project to commercial launch is about 13 years. The longest phase of product development is [...]

GMOs in Groceries How GMOs Are Made Crop protectants


Q: Given that 30 countries have banned GMO's, how can the U.S. biotech industry claim that GMO's are safe for human consumption and the environment without having conducted any long-term feeding studies? Along the same line, why doesn't the FDA conduct it's

Answered By Wendelyn Jones - Nov 15, 2013

A: GMO Answers has received several questions asking why GMOs have been banned in 30 countries or 60 countries. This is simply not true. Although GMOs may be grown on a small percentage of the hectares in some European countries, they routinely import GMOs for food and feed use. A previous response to a similar question discusses this issue in detail. We also commonly hear concern that there are no longer-term feeding studies. A review of several long-term feeding studies was published by Snell et al. in 2012 and can be found here. In addition, the Biofortified website contai [...]

Health & Safety How GMOs Are Made


Q: Why are over 65 countries around the world labeling food containing GMOs, but it's not supported by biotech companies in the U.S. (other than possibly being perceived as inferior to conventional food crops)? Also, why are some countries choosing to ban GM

Answered By Wendelyn Jones - Nov 27, 2013

A: Food packaging, labeling and marketing laws vary greatly by geography and even within geographies. In the United States, all food is labeled in accordance with Food and Drug Administration policy, which is the same for foods derived from biotechnology as it is for conventional foods. When a food product derived from biotechnology differs in composition, nutritional value or end use, that difference must be noted on the label, just as it is with other foods (e.g., margarine versus low-fat margarine). Most foods from biotech crops are not different by FDA standards and [...]

GMOs Globally GMOs in Groceries Health & Safety