Independent Expert

Jennifer Schmidt

Maryland Farmer and Registered Dietician

Jennifer lives on a family farm with her husband and two children. Schmidt Farms is a very diverse farm, including grains, vegetables, hay and wine grapes in Sudlersville, Maryland. The diversity doesn’t end at their farm.

Not only does Jennifer work on the farm and manage the family’s 20-acre vineyard in addition to vineyards that belong to other producers throughout the region, but she is also a registered dietitian by trade who speaks on behalf of the International Food Information Council.

Schmidt also dedicates a good portion of her time to starting conversations about food and farming with urban consumers based on her experiences through her blog, The Foodie Farmer.  When Jennifer is able to find some spare time outside of 4-H projects with her kids, church activities and her many other responsibilities, she can be found relaxing with a good book or working on her latest scrapbooking project.

From this Expert

Posted On: Sunday, 3/01/2015 1:03 pm
A: Unfortunately, I was unable to discover any farmer’s market, brand or grocery store that openly promotes or advertises GMO foods. There are stores however, that positively discuss GMOs in our food supply and the current science surrounding the technology. Most of these statements were found either on their organic/natural foods page, or on a sustainability page.  Here are a few that I was able to find:   Wegmans   “What is Wegmans' position on GMOs?... Continue Reading
Posted On: Monday, 11/24/2014 10:12 pm
A: The true cost of GMO labeling, I believe, has yet to be determined. Of the literature that I have read, none have fully considered the capitalization of infrastructure in which farmers would need to invest in order to keep genetically engineered seed segregated from non-genetically engineered seed. That’s not to say it’s not possible, we and many other farmers already do that and get paid a premium to do so. The issue is because a large percentage of genetically engineered grain... Continue Reading
Posted On: Monday, 7/14/2014 11:10 am
A: In short, no, I do not believe it valid to associate GM foods with the rise in food allergies. According to the Food Allergy Research and Education Center, 90 percent of the food allergies in the United States stem from eight foods: peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, wheat, soy, shellfish and fish. Of those eight foods, only one of them — soy — has varieties that have been genetically engineered. None of the others has. Non-GM soy, of which I am a grower, is also allergenic, so the fact is,... Continue Reading
Posted On: Tuesday, 5/27/2014 10:53 pm
A: That's an easy question to ask and a very difficult one to answer. There are some circles that would lead you to believe that it’s a simple matter of putting the acronym "GMO" on a label. For people who haven't followed a corn or soybean seed from the field to the fork, it would seem to be an easy thing to just "put" on a label. For those of us in farming, we know that it’s not so simple and would have a catastrophic impact on our family farms if it passed. There is nothing simple about the... Continue Reading
Posted On: Thursday, 3/20/2014 11:06 pm
A: There are two ways to know whether a product in a grocery store is not GMO. First is that it is labeled "certified organic"; the second is that it is labeled "non-GMO project certified." As I blogged about in "The Cost of GMO Labeling" our food supply chain is a system of commingling of grain from farms throughout a region. Farmers grow several different varieties of, say, corn in a year, and unless they have a specialty contract with a specific buyer for that variety, all the corn gets... Continue Reading


Coexistence: Organic & GMO

By Jennifer Schmidt (Independent Expert) on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 17:21

Jennie Schmidt explains how organic and GM crops can coexist in agriculture.

The Costs of GMO Labeling

By Jennifer Schmidt (Independent Expert) on Friday, April 18, 2014 - 17:55

In this article, Jennie Schmidt gives a pictorial analysis of the entire food supply chain for corn. In her analysis she shows what the true cost of GMO labelling would be, and lays out estimated costs for separating GMO from non-GMO crops and the infrastructure that would be required to do so.
  • Impact on Farms
  • Labeling
  • Government Oversight and Product Approvals