President, C-BAR Cattle Company, Inc. and Board Member, Truth About Trade & Technology
Carol Keiser - Long is president of C-BAR Cattle Company, Inc. which she established and currently manages operations for feeding 5,000 to 6000 head of cattle in Kansas, Nebraska, and Western Illinois. She is also president of C-ARC Enterprises, Inc. Mrs. Keiser-Long is an Agriculture Advocate at both the state and federal level. She consults and seeks out individual and corporate support for Farm Safety 4Just Kids and Children's Safety Campaign. She has served on the Board of Directors of Agriculture Future of America since 1997. Currently, Carol is chair of the USDA REE (Research, Education & Economics Renewable Energy Committee).Â She also represents food animal commodity producers on the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board - a primary advisory board to the US Secretary of Agriculture. She also serves as a Farm Foundation Trustee, and has served on the Steering Committee of the Future of Animal Agriculture Project - representing beef producers on the Food Safety and Animal Health Subcommittee.
In 2005, she was the first woman named to the US Premium Beef Board of Directors.Â She is also a member of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and has served on NCBA’s animal health and tax committees. She is also a professional member of the American Society of Animal Science and American Meat Science Association. Carol holds a degree in Animal Science from the U. of Illinois, a degree in Education from Greenville College and coursework in Public Finance and Government Business. In May 2008 she received the University of Illinois Distinguished Service Award. Mrs. Keiser-Long established the “Opportunities for Women in Production Agriculture and Related Areas” internship program to help young UIUC-ACES women learn more about the ag industry. This exposes young women to careers in food and agriculture as well as giving them hands on experiences.
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Q: If the technology is safe enough why should labeling be shied away?
A: We understand this point of view, but here’s the issue. Labels are intended to clarify not confuse. Yes, in the case of GMOs, they have the potential to be very misleading. I’ve examined this topic and developed a post that may be of interest on the Truth About Trade & Technology blog, available here: http://www.truthabouttrade.org/2013/08/22/food-labels-maxed-out/. Below is an excerpt which addresses your question: “The purpose of a food label is to help consumers make smart decisions about what to buy and eat. But what if these labels confused people instead of informed them? Or w [...]GMOs in Groceries Health & Safety Labeling
Q: do you think GM foods are more harmful or helpful?
A: There is currently a debate in our state to remove legislation that restricts the growing of GM food. I hope it’s overturned: Farmers in Western Australia should enjoy all the tools of modern agriculture, especially the ones that have proven so popular and effective in the Western hemisphere, from Canada in the north to Argentina in the south. This would represent progress. Unfortunately, we may have to endure regress. The states of South Australia and Tasmania continue to ban GM farming. If a Labor government comes to power in the next Western Australian state election they have [...]
A: The following responses are excerpts of farmer perspectives about GM crops that can be used for food, which were shared by the Truth About Trade & Technology Global Farmer Network. [...]
A: In Tanzania, researchers have figured out how to improve the cassava through biotechnology—a development that everyone ought to celebrate and promote. This progress comes at a good time because the cassava brown-streak virus has become the leading threat to food security in many parts of East Africa. One study says that the disease can slash a farm’s productivity by as much as 70 percent. When it strikes, many smallholder farmers simply abandon their fields—and each time that happens, Africa’s dire food problems grow a little bit worse. Biotechnology offers a potentia [...]
A: Years ago, India accepted biotechnology in agriculture when it commercialized GM cotton. At that moment, it looked like we might become full participants in a new wave of progress. Today, more than 95 percent of India’s cotton is genetically modified to resist insect pests. This was a welcome start, but small in scale. Only a tiny minority of India’s farmers grows cotton. The rest of us produce other crops, and are yet to taste the benefit of GM crops as we try to feed a nation of more than 1.2 billion people. Yet as farmers in North and South America pressed forward [...]
A: Since citrus greening showed up about a decade ago, Florida’s orange production has fallen by about half—and if it falls much more, the citrus business may become economically unsustainable. Our oranges won’t come from Florida anymore. More than orange juice is at stake. After squeezing, a lot of the leftover pulp becomes feed for my cattle—not only is it good for them, but it allows us to use citrus in multiple ways. Nothing goes to waste, in accordance with the principles of sustainable agriculture. Growers have tried to fight citrus greening in every way imaginable [...]GMO Basics Health & Safety