AgriLife Extension program set to discuss GMO foods

 

 

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu

Contact: Nancy Andersen, 806-647-4115, nancy.andersen@agnet.tamu.edu

 

DIMMITT – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct a program explaining the role of genetically modified foods in the U.S. food supply beginning at noon July 15 at the Senior Citizens Center, at 218 West Jones St. in Dimmitt.

“We are constantly bombarded with information regarding GMOs to the point that it’s hard to know what to believe,” said Nancy Andersen, AgriLife Extension agent in Castro County. “The purpose of this program is to help the public discern fact from fiction. Doing so will allow us to make informed decisions concerning the products we consume.”

Andersen said the program is free and open to the public and a complimentary meal will be provided.

“We are especially encouraging our youth to attend this educational program to help them understand what GMOs are and what part they will play in the future in feeding the world,” she said.   

The program’s featured speaker will be Duane Simpson, regional director for state and local affairs for Monsanto Company, Saint Louis, Missouri.

Simpson’s speaking points will include the status of GMOs in the marketplace, new legislative policies regarding GMOs and separating fact from fiction regarding GMOs.

For more information, contact Andersen at 806-647-4115, nancy.andersen@agnet.tamu.edu .

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