Let’s approach the GMO conversation with ‘cooler heads’ in 2019

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As consumers strive to become more aware of food-production terms and practices, they often bludgeon farmers with a body of opinions based on quippy distillations of complex research …. and nothing more than a reactionary response to terms such as GMO. Those who live and work in this arena wrestle with how to give them the space to learn — to catch up — like my farm did.

[Editor’s note: Toban Dyck is a farmer in Manitoba, Canada.]

The agriculture industry needs the public to understand what it is, what it does and how it operates, before it makes itself vulnerable to a group that seems ready to pounce. If 2018 was the public’s intro to agriculture class, 2019 will require more from its students.

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I would think twice about offering my opinion on whether I think Monsanto had its hand in and/or attempted to steer pro-glyphosate research submitted to the [Canadian government] until I’m certain my reading public understands that research projects are usually funded through a variety of sources …. And that the researchers accepting these funds do not traditionally allow their credibility to be jeopardized by allowing others to determine outcomes.

In 2019, let’s commit to cooler heads prevailing and tackling agricultural issues with the open minded, philosophical and scientific rigour they require.

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