Sound Bites: Episode 85 – Food Safety Modernization Act | GMOs & Public Opinion | Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners Conference

GMO measure in Washington state

We begin the newest episode of our series on the food system, Sound Bites, talking about the Food Safety Modernization Act and what it means for small farmers, with Michael Tabor, a farmer who supplies Baltimore-area universities with GMO-free, sustainably-grown produce and has run a farm stand in the Adams Morgan neighborhood in Washington for 40 years. He wrote the widely-circulated piece, “Food Safety Modernization Act Threatens Fresh, Health and Sustainably-Grown Food.”

Then, we talk with Erin Sagen, member of the Online Editorial Team for YES! Magazine, about GMOs and how public opinion shifts after pro-GMO money pours into a community.

We close the show with a report back from the Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners conference that took place this past weekend in New York City, with Imani Bryant, who is working on a Masters of Public Health from Morgan State University and specializes in food justice issues; and Xavier Brown, Director of Urban Agriculture for The Green Scheme, a DC nonprofit organization that aims to educate people of diverse cultural backgrounds about their role in the environmental movement.

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