NY farmer: GMO labels are unnecessary, will hurt farmers

| | March 22, 2016
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My family has been farming and producing dairy products here for nearly 40 years.

We take pride in not only our products but also the impact the industry as a whole has had on our local and state economies. We understand that our customers, whether friends and neighbors or people a dozen states away, rely on us to produce quality products at reasonable prices.

What I don’t understand is how people with little knowledge of how the farming industry works are so confident that mandatory labeling of products containing GMOs won’t impact my business. In a recent letter, (“Require labeling of GMO contents,” Feb. 18), the author claims the proposed legislation in New York “will not restrict the meat and dairy industries.”

That couldn’t be further from the truth. Every step of the process to bring our dairy products to market will be impacted.

We grow our own crops to feed our cattle to produce our milk. The more crops we can grow – with less water, maintenance and pesticides – means the more milk we produce. The ability to grow crops more easily has surged in part because of advances in technology like genetically engineered seeds.

Labeling of GMOs is designed to cast a doubt on the safety of these products. Consumers have been incorrectly lead to believe that products produced with the help of genetic engineering are inferior, when they are safe and nutritionally equivalent to non-GMO or organic products.

Our elected officials need to rebuff these attempts to disparage our products and vote against unnecessary labels that will negatively impact our industry and further confuse and mislead consumers.

Read full, original post: Needless labels hurt N.Y. farms

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