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Genetic Engineering on the Farm: Midwestern Farmers Share their Stories in Watsonville on 9/21

Press Conference: 1:30pm • 406 Main St., Suite 313 in Watsonville (corner of Beach and Main)

Public Presentation: 5:00 to 7:00pm • Green Valley Grill, 40 Penny Lane, Watsonville
Genetic Engineering on the Farm

Midwestern Farmers Share their Stories in Watsonville on September 21st

Press Conference: 1:30pm • 406 Main St., Suite 313 in Watsonville (corner of Beach and Main)

Public Presentation: 5:00 to 7:00pm • Green Valley Grill, 40 Penny Lane, Watsonville

Genetically engineered (GE) corn, soy, canola and cotton have been grown commercially for almost ten years in the Midwestern states, yet the benefits
promised by biotech companies have not materialized. Many farmers are ambivalent or opposed to planting GE crops, and consumers around the world prefer to avoid GE foods, yet the voices of large agribusiness interests continue to promote the technology unconditionally. This panel presentation provides a rare opportunity to hear first-hand from farmers and farmer advocates who have been grappling with the impacts of this as yet unproven technology, at a time when Californians are making choices about the future of GE agriculture in the state. This event is one in a five-county speaking tour through California.

Speakers include:

Dan McGuire — Policy Chairman of the American Corn Growers Association and Director for the Farmer Choice – Customer First program concerning genetically engineered crops. Dan’s career has been devoted to improving the farm and trade policy of the United States in the economic interest of US farmers and the rural economies.

George Naylor — An Iowa corn and soy farmer for almost 30 years. He serves as President of the National Family Farm Coalition and represents Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement on the NFFC Board. George is also a plaintiff in a class
action lawsuit against Monsanto and other biotech companies dealing with the negative economic impacts on family farmers by the introduction of genetically modified crops.

Ron Lee — A rice farmer for 20 years, practicing both conventional and organic farming. Ron has been actively involved in the rice industry in several capacities, including four years as a Board member of the California Rice Commission where he served on several committees. He is also Past President of the Rice Producers of California, and was recently appointed to the Farm Bill Task Force of the US Rice Producers Association.

The event is co-sponsored by:

Californians for GE-Free Agriculture — A coalition of
farming, environmental and food safety organizations working to educate farmers and consumers about the threats of genetic engineering.

National Family Farm Coalition - Bringing together farmers and others to organize national projects focused on preserving and strengthening family farms. NFFC membership currently consists of 34 grassroots farm, resource conservation, and rural advocacy groups from 32 states.
 
 


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