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.