From a family farm possibility, [biotechnology] is an opportunity to create a different variety of products that are grown and raised in our state. Biotechnology is allowing family farmers to save a considerable amount of money on pesticides and chemicals, things they put on the ground, ...are very expensive to raise a crop. If you can use gene therapy, if you can use science to avoid the necessity of using chemicals and pesticides, then you save money and you increase yields.
Transcript for Clip 2 -- Feed the World
Iowans historically have always been involved in trying to solve some of the world's biggest problems. Herbert Hoover, one of our great Iowans, a former president, was...involved in solving world hunger issues. A man by the name of Henry Wallace, who became a Vice-President of the United States and founded Pioneer Seed Company, was involved in the early, early research about plant makeup in corn. Both of these men..., and Norman Borlaug, who is a Nobel Peace Prize winner and a scientist from Iowa who created a stronger wheat product that helps feed people--all of these Iowans have one thing in common, that they've tackled...one of the biggest problems â€¦[of] world hunger. And with more and more people being born in the world today, there are more and more hungry people. So Iowa needs to be at the center and focus of trying to solve these problems.
Transcript for Clip 3 -- Regulatory process & state's role
There is a regulatory process in place that is currently involved in making sure that these products are safe before they are provided for human consumption. There is the United States Department of Agriculture that has extensive regulatory responsibilities over farms that are using biotechnology. There is the Environmental Protection Agency that works closely with the industry in terms of those products that are used to [replace] chemicals and pesticides. They have a role. The Food and Drug Administration also has a series of protocols and testing that biotech products have to go through in order to be able to pass muster and be able to be provided to consumers. So there are in place at the Federal level, regulatory structures. The state's role, I think, is basically educating people about the fact that there are these regulatory structures in place and that they've worked in the past for many, many other products and they're working today for biotech products.