Posted on May 17, 2019 by Sustainable Food News

Pro-GMO witnesses lined up to testify at U.S. Senate climate change hearing

Two pro-GMO farmers and former USDA chief Vilsack, also a GMO proponent, to give testimony

The U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry on Thursday announced the witnesses for next week’s hearing on the impact of climate change on U.S. agriculture.

The four witnesses include:

Debbie Lyons-Blythe of Blythe Family Farms LLC, an Angus cattle producer in White City, Kan., and a founding member of the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef. Lyons-Blythe was the recipient of Monsanto’s America’s Farmers Mom of the Year in 2012.

Matthew Rezac of Rezac Farms, a grower of GMO soybeans and corn in Weston, Neb., who won the Land O’ Lakes Conservation Agronomy Award for Outstanding Sustainability in 2017. Read how Rezac equates GMO farming and sustainability.

Frank Mitloehner, a professor at the University of California-Davis’ Department of Animal Science, who believes consuming less meat and dairy products will not help stop climate change. He is the author of the study, Clearing the Air, Livestock’s Contribution to Climate Change.

Also presenting testimony is Tom Vilsack, a pro-GMO former governor of Iowa and agriculture secretary for the Obama administration, and now CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council in Arlington, Va.

The hearing titled, “Climate Change and the Agriculture Sector,” will be held on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. in the Russell Senate Office Building. The hearing will be webcast live on ag.senate.gov.

The committee’s chairman, Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), who is retiring in 2020, called climate change science “condescending elitism” in 2010.

But today, Roberts not only acknowledges climate change, but also says humans contribute to climate change. He said that while wheat yields in Kansas have hit 100 bushels per acre, “it could go the other way” if the warming trend continues.

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