The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, in conjunction with the BIO International Convention, will host a Food Dialogues panel discussion on biotechnology next week in Chicago.
The April 22 USFRA program, “The Straight Story on Biotech in Agriculture: The Media and its Impact on Consumers,” will consist of a panel of experts from multiple disciplines, including farmers, media, industry and academia, who will answer some of the toughest questions surrounding GMOs. Panelists will also discuss what more can be done by all sides – including those who are not in favor of this technology – to give consumers access to information that matters.
National Corn Growers Association President Pam Johnson will be one member of the panel discussion.
GMOs are one area where we are seeing a lot of questions from consumers, and a lot of misinformation in the news media and newer social media,” Johnson said. “As a farmer, I see the value of crop technology every day in the field, and it’s important that we not only address concerns, but answer questions about how and why we do what we do on our farms.”
A second Food Dialogues event is scheduled for June 19, also taking place in Chicago, with the broader theme of transparency. Both events will stream live online at the Food Dialogues website.