Nina V. Federoff

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Nina V. Federoff was the science and technology adviser to the secretary of state from 2007 to 2010 under the Bush and Obama administrations.[1] She is now a professor of biology at Pennsylvania State University and the president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.[2] Federoff is an ardent advocate of genetically modified foods.

"For the 5-year period before she joined the State Department, Federoff served on the scientific advisory board at Evogene. This Israeli agriculture-biotech firm works closely with Monsanto, Pioneer Hi-Bred, Bayer CropScience, Syngenta and others. She also served on the board of Sigma-Aldrich, a transnational corporation that provides services and products — including transgenic animals — to agricultural biotech companies. And she herself was one of the early patent-holders on transgenic technologies, back in the 1980s."[3]

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  1. Nina V. Federoff, "Engineering Food for All," New York Times, August 18, 2011, Accessed August 26, 2011.
  2. Robin McKie, "Attacks paid for by big business are 'driving science into a dark era'," The Guardian, February 18, 2012, Accessed February 28, 2012.
  3. Marcia Ishii-Eiteman, "Engineering Food for Whom," Pesticide Action Network, August 2011, Accessed August 26, 2011.

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