There are a growing number of Kansas farmers raising crops with help from biotechnology. On our Sherman County farm we grow corn and soybeans. Both of these are better crops because of biotechnology. We want to ensure that our children and their children can continue to farm, and biotechnology helps us do that.
Some use misinformation to criticize this proven technology, commonly known as genetically modified organisms (GMOs), that has been proven safe by the world’s leading health organizations. Americans have been eating GMOs for nearly 20 years, and no credible scientific body has noted a single health concern. Yet politically and financially motivated anti-GMO activists spread inaccurate and misleading falsehoods in an effort to scare the American public.
If Congress acts, these extremists will be stopped in their tracks. A member of our own congressional delegation, Rep. Mike Pompeo, is the champion of a bill that would protect biotechnology from baseless smear campaigns. His legislation would ensure that food labeling is based on sound science. Farmers like me, in Kansas and across the country, should speak out for our ability to choose technology and support the safe and accurate food-labeling act.