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Wendelyn Jones

Global Regulatory Affairs, DuPont Crop Protection

Expert Bio

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 do you respond to the recent independent studies done by Dr. Judy Carmen of the Institute of Health and Environmental Research? The one I am referring to can be found here : They did a longterm (22.7 we

Answered By Wendelyn Jones - Dec 19, 2013

A: As an employee of the agricultural biotechnology sector, I can attest that the industry takes any new studies related to the safety of GM crops very seriously. As such, I reviewed the paper by Carman et al. with interest at the time it was published and reread in order to best answer your question. The paper reports that pigs fed GMOs had inflamed stomachs based on visual evaluation of redness. However, the paper also shows that pigs fed non-GMO diets also had inflamed stomachs. The authors chose not to comment on the table in the paper that shows there were more pigs with [...]

Health & Safety How GMOs Are Made


Q: How long does it take on average for a new GMO variety to be approved by the USDA, FDA and EPA? What are the general steps that are part of this process? Thank you.

Answered By Wendelyn Jones - Jan 09, 2015

A: According to an opinion piece by Washington farmer Mark Wagoner written earlier this year, it can take the U.S. more than three years to grant approval of a new biotech product.  USDA conducts a mandatory review of GM plants to assess whether or not they will impact the environment and will be safe to grow. EPA conducts a mandatory review of GM plants that are insect or herbicide resistant to assess whether or not they will impact the environment. The EPA also regulates the use of all crop protection products that control weeds and provide protection against insects and dis [...]

Environment GMOs & Farmers GMOs Globally


Q: South Africa labels their GM foods that contain more than 5% of GM ingredients, because people believe they have the right to know what they are eating. Irregardless of whether GM foods are good or bad for us, if someone chooses not to eat GM food, why sh

Answered By Wendelyn Jones - May 11, 2015

A: We have answered a question previously about why labeling is different in geographies around the world that may help answer your question:   “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 [...]

GMOs in Groceries Health & Safety Crop protectants


Q: What chemicals are the companies spraying above Waimea, Kauai and what are the long term effects on humans and animals?

Answered By Wendelyn Jones - May 17, 2016

A: Crop protection products are used in Hawaii – and elsewhere – to help farmers protect their crops. These products may include insecticides (to manage insect pests), herbicides (to control weeds) and fungicides (for disease management).  Without these products, it is estimated that 40 percent of crop harvests would be lost due to pest damage. One only needs to look to backyard vegetable gardens to see how significantly these pests can impact growing plants.    All of the crop protection products used in Waimea, Kauai have been reviewed and approved by both the U.S. [...]

GMOs & Farmers Crop protectants