Kate M. Creasey Ph.D.
Grow More Foundation
President & Chairman of the board
“I grew up in the countryside of Lincolnshire, England, playing with plants trying to get the perfect cross-dissection of flowers. From my first experiment of measuring pea plant gemination rates under varying conditions, to measuring pollen tube growth, I was hooked. Having always loved science, and with 15+ years experience in molecular plant genetics, and as a Professor, I believe in sharing knowledge to promote all to understand biotechnological developments in agriculture.”
Sir Richard J. Roberts Ph.D. FRS
New England Biolabs
"I was born in Derby, England, but moved to Bath when I was four and so I consider myself a Bathonian. I would love to see an education campaign started on the television and in the newspapers that specifically pointed out the lies that the anti's tell and promoting the successes of GMOs. There are many myths about GMOs in Western countries, yet they help fight against malnutrition and solve starvation issues especially in developing countries where people go hungry every day. Food is medicine, and good quality food makes a huge difference in terms of how long you are going to live. GMOs Are Vital Against Hunger. Every single major science academy in the world has come out and said GMOs are safe. But Greenpeace and other green parties continue to deny it because this is the very best fundraising they have ever had. They have made huge amounts of money funding as a result of being anti-GMO."
Hajime Sakai Ph.D.
“As a scientist with experience in plant genetics and genomics, I would like to comment on genome editing technologies used for agriculture and food.
The recent development of genome editing technologies is stunning. People now can create new crop varieties that are not distinguishable from crop plants that have been produced by classical breeding work. From the regulatory point of view, this probably is not the question of finding any subtle difference among those new crop plants created by genome editing technologies, but the question of what genetic variations have already been produced and can be produced through classical breeding processes. Since those variations are known to be safe and accepted by the public, the understanding of their molecular basis would help draw the line of what should be regulated by the government.
Changes of DNA sequences and structures occur constantly in the nature. Without those changes, there are no plants and animals including humans to exist. The creation of new germplasm through classical crop breeding, which has been the foundation of our civilization over thousands of years, follows the same fact, as well. New germplasm and varieties have been created by new combination of gene compositions including spontaneous changes of DNA sequences and shuffling of gene elements. How the genomes of our crop plants are altered over years is now viewable through the high-power sequencing tools. Those changes are remarkable. Single nucleotide changes are just a tip of icebergs. Others include large changes such as swapping of gene segments, fusion of genes and shuffling of gene regulation elements.”
Matthew Stadler Ph.D.
Stony Brook University
Board Member & Treasurer
“We need to grow more food, that is just a fact. We need enough food to meet the needs of the growing population, as well as being affordable for all of the population. That is not to say the choice should be taken away from the consumer, nor does growing crops organically mean no biotechnology.”
Francis Lavoe M.A, B.A
Zigma Research Center
“I am a Data and Research Scientist from the University of Ghana and the Ghana’s CSIR-Food Research Institute. I have a special passion to ensure food security and end hunger in all its forms in Africa. Seeing people, especially women and children hungry makes me very sad.
I love agriculture and I also have a unique curiosity for biodiversity and environmental sustainability. When the World Food Programme projected that by 2050** the food need of developing countries will double, my main motivation is to leverage research and data to ensure that we do something about this food problem. With burgeoning population and depleting farmlands, agricultural biotechnology (AB) provides the necessary tools to maximise food production to feed current and future generations.
Unfortunately, widespread negative stereotypes about health threats of Genetically Engineered products have inhibited the adoption of technologies that can help mitigate food insecurity, especially in Africa, which is worse hit by hunger and undernutrition. My motivation is to help correct these negative stereotypes among actors within the food value chain. I am ecstatic that this motivation of mine dovetails perfectly with the mission of Grow More Foundation which is seeking to promote global education, awareness and transparency around AB.
I strongly believe that collaborating with the team of experts assembled by Grow More Foundation will be the perfect platform to help correct these negative stereotypes and lay the foundation for the scaling up of Agricultural Biotechnologies globally.”