Presented from a live broadcast from the 2013 Illinois Specialty Crops, Agritourism and Organic Conference by Lynn Clarkson of Clarkson Grain on January 10, 2013.
How can organic, non-GMO, and GMO crops coexist? That is the puzzle that USDA's Advisory Committee on Biotechnology & 21st Century Agriculture (AC21) has been asked to answer. AC21 Committee member Lynn Clarkson, President of Clarkson Grain in Cerro Gordo, IL. will discuss AC21's work and the issues at stake. Of special concern is adventitious presence, the term used for low levels of unintended material in seed, grain, or feed and food products. Clarkson will review the arguments underlying the battles between GMO and non-GMO farmers over adventitious presence and explore potential compromises to minimize adventitious presence in organic, non-GMO, and selected GMO crops.
Lynn Clarkson serves as president of Clarkson Grain and Managing Director of Clarkson Soy Products. Founded in 1974, Clarkson Grain supplies selected organic and conventional grains and oilseeds to food processors. It operates grain elevators, conditioning and processing centers, a barge station and rail sidings. It provides contract and spot markets for crops picked up on farms as well as delivered to its facilities. Clarkson Soy Products processes organic soybeans into certified organic lecithin, flour, meal and crude and refined oil.
Born on a farm in central Illinois, Mr. Clarkson served in the US Navy before forming Clarkson Grain. He holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Tulane University and Knox College. He has served on the board of directors of the Organic Trade Association, the advisory board to GIPSA at the USDA, various advisory boards for the Crop Sciences and Agricultural Economics departments at the University of Illinois and most recently the USDA's AC21 committee addressing issues of agricultural coexistence in a time of biotechnology.
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