CNBC senior analyst moderates discussion on biotech seeds
The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance convened a panel of experts from multiple disciplines, including farmers, media, industry and academia, to answer some of the toughest questions surrounding genetically modified organisms.
The April 22 discussion was moderated by CNBC Senior Analyst and Financial Industry Expert Ron Insana at The Food Dialogues: Chicago, which took place during the 2013 BIO International Convention. During the panel, “The Straight Story on Biotech in Agriculture: The Media and its Impact on Consumers,” panelists addressed what more can be done to give consumers access to important information about the use of biotech seeds in agriculture.
“The Food Dialogues is a signature event series that was designed by USFRA to answer the tough questions about agriculture,” said Bob Stallman, USFRA chairman and president of the American Farm Bureau Federation. “Biotechnology is a topic that many people have questions about and it’s important that USFRA provides sources of information to consumers, whether at events like today’s The Food Dialogues panel or online on our Facebook page and website. We look forward to our next event in Chicago where we’ll look at the topic of transparency.”
The panel discussion featured opening remarks from Congressman Rodney Davis, R-IL, and Robert Flider, acting director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture. Panelists included:
Bob Goldberg, plant molecular biologist currently using genomics to identify all of the genes required to “make a seed,” UCLA;
Emily Anthes, journalist and author, Frankenstein’s Cat;
Jerry Slocum, Mississippi soybean farmer;
Melinda Hemmelgarn, M.S., R.D., freelance writer, speaker, columnist and radio host, Food Sleuth;
Michael Olson, producer/host, Food Chain Radio;
Pam Johnson, Iowa corn farmer; and
Steve Smith, chairman, SaveOurCrops.Org.
To watch a full replay of the panel discussion or for more information on GMOs and agriculture, visit fooddialogues.com.
The Food Dialogues signature events are designed to bring together farmers, ranchers, industry experts, pundits, media and consumers for dynamic panel discussions on some of today’s most pressing topics related to food and food production. Since its launch in 2011, the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance has hosted five major events, including 13 panels across the country that streamed live online.
U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance consists of nearly 80 farmer- and rancher-led organizations and agricultural partners representing virtually all aspects of agriculture working to engage in dialogues with consumers who have questions about how today’s food is grown and raised. USFRA is committed to continuous improvement and supporting U.S. farmers and ranchers efforts to increase confidence and trust in today’s agriculture.