Farmers to Speak to Public About Biotechnology

Apr 25, 2001, 01:00 ET from Ohio Farm Bureau Federation

    COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- A group of Ohio farmers has taken
 a proactive approach to the biotechnology debate by participating in
 "Breakthroughs in Biotechnology," a speaker training program designed to
 communicate the benefits consumers gain through agricultural biotechnology.
     "Breakthroughs in Biotechnology" is a public outreach program conducted by
 American Farm Bureau's Foundation for Agriculture in cooperation with Ohio
 Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF). On April 19, 23 Ohio volunteers participated in
 the initial training program designed to prepare them to give presentations to
 local community groups.
     The benefits derived from biotechnology include improved food products,
 better medicines and an enhanced environment. Farm Bureau policy supports
 biotechnology, however, some aspects of the science have become controversial
 in recent years. This consumer outreach program is a way to combat
 misinformation with fact-based presentations by those who are often on the
 front lines of biotech issues -- farmers.
     Consumer survey research has indicated that consumers who perceive
 benefits from agricultural biotechnology are more likely to support it.
 Examples of biotechnology advances include golden rice enriched with beta-
 carotene and iron that promises to prevent blindness for millions of people in
 the developing world and a banana that contains an edible vaccine to fend off
 hepatitis, one of the world's most devastating diseases.
     To learn more about this important issue, "Breakthroughs in Biotechnology"
 participants are available to speak to local civic organizations. To see if a
 local Farm Bureau member is available to speak on this subject, contact Pat
 Petzel, OFBF's director of promotion and education. She can be reached at
 614-249-2428.
 
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SOURCE Ohio Farm Bureau Federation
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- A group of Ohio farmers has taken
 a proactive approach to the biotechnology debate by participating in
 "Breakthroughs in Biotechnology," a speaker training program designed to
 communicate the benefits consumers gain through agricultural biotechnology.
     "Breakthroughs in Biotechnology" is a public outreach program conducted by
 American Farm Bureau's Foundation for Agriculture in cooperation with Ohio
 Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF). On April 19, 23 Ohio volunteers participated in
 the initial training program designed to prepare them to give presentations to
 local community groups.
     The benefits derived from biotechnology include improved food products,
 better medicines and an enhanced environment. Farm Bureau policy supports
 biotechnology, however, some aspects of the science have become controversial
 in recent years. This consumer outreach program is a way to combat
 misinformation with fact-based presentations by those who are often on the
 front lines of biotech issues -- farmers.
     Consumer survey research has indicated that consumers who perceive
 benefits from agricultural biotechnology are more likely to support it.
 Examples of biotechnology advances include golden rice enriched with beta-
 carotene and iron that promises to prevent blindness for millions of people in
 the developing world and a banana that contains an edible vaccine to fend off
 hepatitis, one of the world's most devastating diseases.
     To learn more about this important issue, "Breakthroughs in Biotechnology"
 participants are available to speak to local civic organizations. To see if a
 local Farm Bureau member is available to speak on this subject, contact Pat
 Petzel, OFBF's director of promotion and education. She can be reached at
 614-249-2428.
 
                       MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT -  Click Here
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