Panel discussion tackles non-GMO labeling and marketing

Ledyard – A panel discussion about non-GMO labeling and marketing will take place at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Aiki Farms, 769 Shewville Road.

The event is part of efforts to support a bill pending in the state legislature to require labeling of products containing genetically modified organisms.

Following the discussion, there will be a seed-sprouting seminar and low-cost fodder-production demonstration.

The panel will consist of former U.S. Rep. Rob Simmons; Ron Rainey, spokesman for the Arkansas non-GMO movement; Analiese Paik, sustainable food advocate and founder of the Fairfield Green Food Guide; former state Sen. Edith Prague; Bill Duesing, executive director of the Connecticut Northeast Organic Farmers Association; Wayne Hoener, vice president of eMerge-seed-Non-GMO seed; Dan Masters, owner-operator of non-GMO Hiland Naturals Ltd.; and Ian Skoggard, member of the United Christ Churches Green Team and an organizer in the non-GMO effort.

A $10 donation per family is requested.

This event is supported by Aiki Farms, Cedar Meadows Farm, Stony Ledge Farm, Hidden Brook Gardens, Studio Farm, Highland Thistle Farm, Hiland Naturals Ltd., MarWin Farm and Studio Farm, members of Connecticut Farm Bureau, CT NOFA, GMO-Free Connecticut and the New London County Food and Water Watch.

For reservations call (860) 536-6407 or (501) 786-3723, or send an email to: aiki.ledyard@gmail.com.

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