Looking for the “Co” in Coexistence


Workshop audio recording from the 2016 MOSES Organic Farming Conference.


Lynn Clarkson and Michael Sligh
Friday 2b

GMO contamination now impacts all farmers, conventional and organic, growing key crops across the U.S. The USDA has been trying to hammer out how to assign responsibility and minimize the damage from unwanted DNA. We will address contending perspectives, and recommend ways to prevent and fairly mitigate GMO contamination, from new regulations to changes in plant breeding and insurance.

Lynn Clarkson is president of Clarkson Grain, connecting farmers to premium IP, non-GMO and certified organic markets. Clarkson Grain has been behind a push for a USDA Process Verified Program label for farmers in transition years 2 and 3 to make transition more attractive and reduce dependence on foreign suppliers for organic ingredients.

Michael Sligh, co-author of Farmer’s Guide to GMOs, is a program director for Rural Advancement Foundation International, based in N.C. He was founding chair of the National Organic Standards Board, as well as founding member of the USDA Agricultural Biotechnology Advisory Council and has over 30 years experience in the development and evaluation of agricultural policies.