I’m keynoting the workship on Food, Ethics, Politics at 4:00 with a reception to follow. My talk, “”Food, Ethics, Politics: The View from 2022,” will be in the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, Maeder Hall, Room 002. This event is part of the University Center for Human Values (UCHV) Conferences, Workshops & Special Events. To register to attend, click here.
Kathleen Merrigan on agriculture’s political problems
Why did she step down? “Because it’s a hard job.”
Her speech dealt with problems faced by agriculture in today’s political climate. She listed ten. These begin with (1) immigration, (2) tax reform, and (3) food safety.
Number 9 was GMO labeling:
Merrigan described this as a sort of “whack-a-mole” problem. USDA and FDA haven’t allowed organic producers to put “non-GMO” on labels, but support is growing in some states, such as Washington, to require labeling. She says people want a verdict and she doesn’t expect the issue to go away.
I don’t either.