12:30 PM: Carey Gillam: “Seeking Transparency and Accountability in our Nation's Food System.” The Research Director for U.S. Right to Know shares her knowledge of the rise of the biotech crop technology, associated pesticide product development, and their environmental impacts.
The labeling of Genetically Modified food is a hard-fought policy battle, as Americans demand information about what they eat and and industry demands the ability to obscure that information. But recent evidence suggests we should also pay attention to the labeling of the experts media present on the question of GMOs. Carey Gillam is a longtime food and agriculture journalist, now research director at the group US Right to Know. We’ll talk with her about conflicts of interest in the coverage of our food supply.
An expert on the food industry and genetically modified organisms gave a presentation to a group of people hungry to learn more about what they are eating. Carey Gillam, who is based in Overland Park, said food companies maintain GMO foods are safe to eat while some consumers aren’t so sure. The primary point of contention now is labeling. “It’s been a very controversial issue,” she said.