View from the farm: Labeling GMOs, discouraging rBGH use put emotion over science

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The corn, soybeans and tobacco look pretty good on the home farm, but it’s been an otherwise bad summer for things like civility, politics and science.

Nationally, this summer the U.S. Congress passed a bill requiring mandatory labeling of food ingredients that come from genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The unintended consequences of labeling a scientifically-proven safe technology remain to be seen.

In the Midwest, another battle is brewing over a scientifically-safe technology used by dairy farmers.

It has received scant attention, but some dairy processors are notifying farmers that they will no longer accept milk from cows given rBST (bovine somatotropin) to boost their milk production.

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… the timing couldn’t be worse for dairy farmers who want to keep using this management tool.

It’s time someone calls out these bans for being anti-small-farm.

Ironically, the very people who propose such bans claim to support small farms. They must not realize that by penalizing small farms they are encouraging large-scale agriculture they so loudly oppose.

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Read full, original post: Langan: A bad summer for science down on the farm

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