A committee of 22 members will seek solutions for the coexistence of U.S. genetically modified and organic agriculture.
In light of growing concern around the open-air cultivation of genetically modified foods, USDA secretary Tom Vilsack has formally announced 22 members of the reinstated Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture (also called AC21).
“This advisory committee will come together to continue investigating the challenges of coexistence among different forms of agricultural production,” said Vilsack. “I hope this committee will recommend workable solutions that will enhance the ability of all farmers to grow the crops they want in order to effectively meet the needs of their customers.”
The appointees are said to represent a range of interests, from the biotech, organic, and seed industries to medical professionals and members of state government. Appointees will serve one or two-year terms and may serve for up to six consecutive years.
The 22 members of AC21 are: