Changing the Conversation Around GE Crops
VanEenennaam: " I think that fits in with the sustainability goals that many people hold which is to trying to improve productivity and decrease the use of chemicals in agricultural production. So those type of stories try and tease apart some of the other concerns people have around multi-national corporations and talk about the fact that this is a breeding method that can be used for many different purposes. In fact the data showed that insect-resistance crops have had a tremendous impact on reducing the use of insecticide. That is a goal that many people support also. Those type of stories of how we are using the technology rather than focusing on what the technology is and the benefits that have come from existing uses and potential future benefits I think we can change the discussion a little and focus on how we are using it and what problems have been solved using the technology."