Monday, November 12, 2012

Tribune: Idaho Grain Producers to Consider Obamacare, GMOs

Posted By on Mon, Nov 12, 2012 at 9:05 AM

A wide-ranging agenda covering everything from Obamacare to genetically modified organisims is on the agenda for this week's annual convention of the Idaho Grain Producers Association in Coeur d'Alene.

This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports that as many as 400 grain growers from throughout the Northwest are heading to Idaho's panhandle to consider GMOs, the Affordable Care Act, trespassing laws and crop research.

Though GMOs remain controversial among a growing number of consumers, IGPA President Joe Anderson, a fourth-generation farmer, said he begs to differ.

"There's no proof that there's any problem with biotechnology," Anderson told the Tribune. "There's a pretty big consensus that if we're going to feed this world in the future, that will be where the advances in yield and food comes from."

Anderson also says his group advocates for an Idaho-based health care exchange.

"Generally, the closer you are to home, the more input and control you can have on it. It will affect us all," Anderson told the Tribune. "And it's a federal mandate, so that's probably something that every producer of every commodity in Idaho should be aware of. And making our members aware is one of the jobs of our organization."

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