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Laura Rutherford

Ninth Generation Farmer

My name is Laura Rutherford. I am a mother of three active boys ages 7, 6 and 3, a marathoner and a ninth generation farmer. I am passionate about food quality, safety and nutrition that my family eats and what we produce for others to eat.

I grew up on a farm/ranch operation in South Dakota and have been engaged in farming and production most of my life. My husband Roy and I farm near Grafton in North Dakota's Red River Valley region. We grow sugarbeets, dry beans, soybeans and wheat.

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Posted On: Tuesday, 6/10/2014 12:26 pm
A: Thank you for this question! About half of all sugar sold in the United States comes from sugar beets. American grocery stores purchase sugar from a variety of sources and sell it under their own brand names or under a private brand name. Sugar from all sources has been tested at the molecular level, and scientific evidence has proven that there is no DNA or protein present in refined sugar. Therefore, sugar, whether from sugar beets and sugarcane or from sugar crops grown using conventional,... Continue Reading
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Lisa Patterson

Lisa Patterson and her husband live in Heyburn, Idaho. They grow potatoes, sugar beets, barley and corn on a family farm in the Idaho “Magic Valley”. She is happily involved in the business side of the farm, but loves spending time with her family, friends and especially, her grandchildren. Lisa joins the Truth About Trade & Technology Global Farmer Network.

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A Farm Mom Looks Forward to Innovative Potatoes That Will Cut Waste

By Lisa Patterson (Independent Expert) on Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 17:59

Lisa Patterson provides perspective on the benefits of GM potatoes, as a mother and potato farmer.
  • Impact on Society
  • Safety, Health, and Nutrition
  • Future of GMO
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Xiaohua Yang, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Horticulture, Cornell University

Xiaohua Yang is currently a post-doc research fellow at Cornell University, Department of Horticulture. This is also where she obtained her Ph.D. Her current research is focused on how different factors such as crop load, nitrogen level and canopy position affect the metabolism of apple trees and ultimately fruit quality.

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Posted On: Tuesday, 6/03/2014 4:38 pm
A: Thank you very much for your question. I assume your use of the word “pesticide” is in its most common sense, which means it can be any type of plant-protection product that shields plants from damaging influences from weeds, pathogens or insects. Thus, for crops the term “pesticide” generally comprises three types of products: herbicide to control weeds, insecticides to control insects and fungicide to control plant diseases. “GMO” is short for “genetically modified organism,” so I... Continue Reading
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