Category Archives: Food And Agriculture

Latest From Food And Agriculture

House Ag Committee Examines the Impacts of Mandatory GMO Labeling

00158_HouseAgCommittee_May2010

On Tuesday, March 24, 2015, the House Full Committee on Agriculture held a hearing to examine the costs and impacts of mandatory biotechnology labeling laws. Witnesses included Dr. David B. Schmidt, President and CEO, International Food Information Council and Foundation, Washington, D.C.; Dr. Nina Federoff, Senior Science Advisor, OFW Law, Washington, D.C.; Mrs. Joanna Lidback, Owner, The Farm at Wheeler Mountain, Westmore, VT; Mr. Lynn Clarkson, President, Clarkson Grain Company, Inc., Cerro Gordo, IL; Mr. Thomas Dempsey, CEO, Snack Food Read More >

Farmer Gene  |  Leave a comment  |  Email This Post
Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

GMO Answers Leaves an Impression at SXSW

Cathy and Chris at SXSW

On March 14, 2015, GMO Answers launched its presence at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival by hosting a lively and productive panel at SouthBites discussing transparency in our food system. The one-hour panel was moderated by Tamar Haspel of The Washington Post, with an interactive conversation between myself, Cathy Enright, and Ben & Jerry’s Social Mission Activism Manager Chris Miller. Tamar polled the audience at the beginning of the panel and it was split evenly, with a third Read More >

Farmer Gene  |  Leave a comment  |  Email This Post
Tags: , , , , , ,

When Did Science Become a Dirty Word?

GMO Answers

Cathleen Enright wrote a thoughtful commentary for CNBC on about how consumers are increasingly standing up for scientific evidence as being reliable on one issue, but questioning its validity on another, even when there’s an equally rigorous body of evidence. Examples of this exist – not just in the debate over GMOs – but also in discussions around climate change and childhood vaccines.   Enright is the executive director of the Council for Biotechnology Information Read More >

Farmer Gene  |  Leave a comment  |  Email This Post
Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

You May Be Surprised to Know That It’s National Ag Week

alfalfa2

As we celebrate the beginning of Spring, we can also celebrate the start of National Ag Week and Ag Day. National Ag Week is a period to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture.  Every year, producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and countless others across America join together to recognize the contributions of agriculture. Agri-Pulse, a leader in reporting on the latest in agricultural information, will hold a series of events in celebration of Read More >

Farmer Gene  |  Leave a comment  |  Email This Post
Tags: , , , , , ,

USDA Secretary Vilsack Addresses Attendees at Coexistence Workshop

usda

On March 12 – 13, 2015 at North Carolina State University (NCSU), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) held a Stakeholder Workshop on Coexistence to advance an understanding of agricultural coexistence and discuss opportunities for making coexistence more achievable and a basic consideration for all stakeholders.  Coexistence is the concurrent cultivation of conventional, organic, identity preserved (IP), and genetically engineered (GE) crops consistent with farmer choices and consumer preferences.  To learn more on coexistence and its history, read Read More >

Farmer Gene  |  Leave a comment  |  Email This Post
Tags: , , , , , ,