University of Vermont study shows GMO labeling decreases opposition to GMO foods

A recent study at the University of Vermont found that labeling on genetically-modified products actually improved consumer perceptions of genetic engineering.

Labeling of genetically–modified products has been controversial since the concept was introduced. In 2016, several states introduced bills to label genetically modified food products. Many states included an initiative on the voting ballot, and despite the seeming demand for labeling based on surveys, in most states the initiatives did not receive the popular vote. Vermont, on the other hand, passed a law to label genetically-modified foods on July 1, 2016 without presenting it for a popular vote. Continue reading

July 5 webinar to discuss invasive grasses in rangeland

by Kay Ledbetter, Texas A&M AgriLife

Invasive grasses will be the topic of a July 5 webinar by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service ecosystem science and management unit.

“King Ranch and Kleberg Bluestem Management” is the next in the Texas Range Webinar Series, scheduled on the first Thursday of each month from noon to 1 p.m., said Pete Flores, webinar coordinator in Corpus Christi.

Dr. Megan Clayton, AgriLife Extension range specialist in Corpus Christi, will lead the webinar. Continue reading