Kate M. Creasey Ph.D.
Grow More Foundation
“We are a nonprofit organization based on science. We are made up of scientists from across the globe. We do not accept funding from seed companies. We do not believe the public should remain ignorant of bioengineered or bioedited crops. We do believe that each use of science to solve an agricultural issue should be 100 % transparent, and that the reason is just as important as the solution to solve the problem.
There are many ‘GMOs’ plants that have been bioengineered or are being bioedited, though the trait that dictates the dialogue is over the application of herbicide. We believe each application of science should be independently evaluated and reviewed by a globally accepted criteria.
We hope to raise awareness of the uses of biotechnology in agriculture, and remind everyone of food shortages and food insecurity. There are people in the world planting seeds by hand, there are people suffering from malnutrition and starving. Our aim with Planting Seed Jewelry is to grow more, both literally and figuratively. To visualize the fact that when there is drought, seeds need to be planted deeper into the ground. That placing seeds next to each other too closely leads to loss of crop harvest.
Sir Richard J. Roberts Ph.D. FRS
New England Biolabs
"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.”
Matthew Stadler Ph.D.
Stony Brook University
“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.”
Sylvia He, Ph.D.
LEAD Science Communicator
“As scientists, we revel in complex ideas and the latest technological advances, and we are shocked to discover that the rest of the world do not always share our excitement.
It is not that the laypersons are less curious; it is just not always easy or interesting to follow scientific arguments that have too many jargons and not enough background.
As a science writer, I want to communicate science with analogies, plain language, and context, so that more readers can stay engaged, ask questions, and debate issues rigorously regardless of their positions.”
Florian Hahn, Ph.D.
Bioediting Lead Expert
“I have strong background in genome engineering, so I really see the issues that come along misinformation. I have moved on now for my PostDoc to Rothamsted Research, the oldest agricultural research institute in the UK. Since I my research focus is now more agricultural related, I see now even more the need for raising a new awareness of the benefits of biotechnology, especially regarding agriculture."
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.”