Jennifer Schmidt

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: May 30, 2018
Response from Jennifer Schmidt, Maryland Farmer and Registered Dietician • June 25, 2018
I think the answer for this question is – it depends…. In the developed world where we have access to a wide variety of foods, I think that eating a food derived from a genetically engineered crop it unlikely to expand one’s life expectancy in and of itself.  However, certain components of those crops can certainly contribute to improved health. High oleic soybeans produce a monounsaturated fat that is trans-fat free. Trans-fats can contribute to an increased LDL... Read More
Posted on: March 8, 2018
Response from Jennifer Schmidt, Maryland Farmer and Registered Dietician • April 4, 2018
That’s a great question because so many people ‘expect’ there to be a difference and taste is purely a subjective assessment. So the answer is – it depends. Examples when the “look” would be different: Golden Rice: his rice has been engineered to be higher in Beta-carotene, using a gene from maize/corn, to help reduce the incidence of Vitamin A deficiency in developing countries whose Vitamin A content in the diet is so low, that results in blindness,... Read More
Posted on: May 8, 2017
Response from Jennifer Schmidt, Maryland Farmer and Registered Dietician • May 25, 2017
This is a simple, yet difficult question to answer because I can only answer for myself and our farming operation, and only as it applies to corn and soybeans which are the only two GMO crops we grow. We also grow non-GMO soybeans, so I have a fair comparison on cost efficiency. Our other crops – wheat, barley, green beans, tomatoes and grapes are not genetically engineered and no commercial GMO of these crops are currently on the market.        ... Read More
Posted on: September 28, 2015
Response from Jennifer Schmidt, Maryland Farmer and Registered Dietician • December 4, 2015
Since we often grow for seed, our farm cost structure for seed production mirrors our cost structure for any identity preserved grain. The additional steps for identity preserved GMO or non-GMO seed (yes they both have to be protected) mirrors the production I outlined in my comparative blog. I cannot speak for the finishing costs past the farm gate but for us to grow seed, it must pass inspection by the agriculture department several times through the growing season and also pass the lab... Read More
Posted on: June 14, 2015
Response from Jennifer Schmidt, Maryland Farmer and Registered Dietician • July 10, 2015
The answer to this question is, “it depends.”    First, segregation of grains can happen for any seed. Whether seed is GMO or non-GMO is not the only criteria upon which grains are needed to be segregated. This is particularly true for seeds grown for future seed. It has to be true to its genetics to be pure, regardless of whether it is GMO, non-GMO, or conventional hybrids. In the case of organics, it has to be segregated based on production methods in order to... Read More
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