The Growler

Interview with Dr. Nina Fedoroff: Feeding 10 Billion: Can we? Will we?

• The importance of genetically-engineered (GE) crops in feeding the expanding global population
• Gives her defense to the anti-GMO opposition

Dr. Nina Fedoroff, a distinguished expert in molecular biology and recombinant DNA, spoke on the importance of genetically-engineered (GE) crops in feeding the expanding global population.

Dr. Fedoroff, Evan Pugh Professor at Penn State University, is a winner of the National Medal of Science (2007), a former Science and Technology Adviser to Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton (2007-2010), a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and a past president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2011 to 2012).

With decades of experience in plant molecular biology, Dr. Fedoroff has published more than 150 papers in scientific journals on the molecular analysis of plant transposable elements, stress responses, and microRNA processing. Beyond her scientific publications, Dr. Fedoroff has engaged in extensive public outreach, lecturing all over the world on plant science, science diplomacy and the future of food production. Her 2004 book, Mendel in the Kitchen, argues that plant biotechnology promises to be the most environmentally conservative way to increase our food supply.