Larry Cooper is a leader of Colorado Right To Know, an advocacy group that's pushing for a statewide GMO labeling ballot initiative. The group's finances are currently lagging behind the issue committee opposed to mandated labels, the No On 105 Coalition.
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In just a two week period, the amount of money flowing into Colorado’s battle over whether or not to label foods that contain genetically modified ingredients, colloquially known as GMOs, has reached staggering amounts. Voters will decide Proposition 105 in November.
On the Vulgamore farm near Scott City, Kan., each combine can harvest up to 25 acres of wheat an hour—as well as real-time data on crop yields. Most of the food Americans eat is now produced on such large-scale, mechanized farms, which grow row after row of a single crop, allowing farmers to cover more ground with less labor.
With the world’s population exploding, we’ll have many more mouths to feed in the near future. But agriculture already uses up tons of resources and land. So how can we grow more food and how can we limit its damage to the environment?
This feedlot in Ordway, Colo. wouldn't be covered under new rules from the FDA meant to limit risk of a terror attack on the food industry. But the rules could spur the agriculture industry to consider their vulnerabilities to attack.
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In the wake of Sept. 11, the U.S. government spent years, and billions of dollars, fortifying various industries against possible terrorist attacks. Now, government regulators are turning their attention to our food supply.