A spokesman for one of the nation’s largest grain marketing firms says there’s very little demand for crops that are NOT genetically-modified. Jim Anderson is president of ConAgra’s grain division.Anderson was among a group of ag industry leaders who participated last night in a telephone news conference. American Soybean Association Vice President Roy Bardole, a farmer from Rippey, Iowa, says to get a premium for specialty grain that is NOT genetically-modified, a farmer has to jump through lots of hoops.Governor Vilsack participated in the meeting, said he believes biotechnology and genetic modification of crops are here to stay.Vilsack said a few complaints about genetically-modified foods has created a stampede in some areas of the world, like Europe. He hopes the upcoming World Trade Organization meeting in Seattle can dispel some myths about U-S grains. Last night’s news conference was sponsored by Monsanto and the North Central Soybean Research Program.
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