Biotechnology in plant agriculture has come to mean the process of intentionally making a copy of a gene for a desired trait from one plant or organism and using it in another plant. The result is a GMO (genetically modified organism). Genetically Modified Organisms are are often a hot and contentious topic of conversation when it comes to American agriculture.
Consumers generally have many questions about GMOs including what foods are they in?; are they safe?; can they cause cancer, etc.
To find out answers and truths to some of these questions, Field 2 Field interviewed BIO’s Karen Batra, Director of Food and Agriculture Communications, and the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Andrew Walmsley, Director of Congressional Relations, on GMOs and how farmers can better go about talking to the public on this tough and complicated topic.
Listen to this brief segment here.