Purdue Ag Director To Focus On Food Security, Including GMOs

Purdue University's new extension head says he will continue to advocate for genetically modified crops as part of a larger plan to increase food resources.

corn cob

Photo: Shawn Nystrand (Flickr)

More than 80 percent of corn in the United States is genetically altered.

The new head of the Purdue University Extension program’s agriculture and natural resources programs says he’ll focus on food security, which could mean butting heads with activists opposed to genetically-modified crops.

If recent marches against agriculture company Monsanto are any indication, there are plenty of people concerned that too many crops are produced by lab techs first and farmers second.

Purdue  University Extension Director Mike Schutz knows he’ll encounter these people as head of the Purdue’s ag program, but he says it’s a necessary conversation to have when the over-arching topic is how to feed the 9 billion people the world could have by mid-century.

“That’s a tightrope that we walk, because our mission is really to be based on delivery of science-based information that’s sound. We try to avoid taking political stances on issues, but sometimes we do have to advocate for important concepts such as GMO crops,” he says.

Schutz says he’ll advocate an approach where farms of all sizes feed the world’s grain silos and butcher shops.

“I think we’re just going to have to appreciate the diversity of agriculture in Indiana, with lots of exciting things happening for smaller and local produced foods, as well as commercial agriculture that’s going to be such a big part of the solution to global food production,” he says.

Gretchen Frazee

Gretchen Frazee is a reporter/producer for WFIU and WTIU news. Prior to her current role, Frazee worked as the associate online content coordinator for WFIU/WTIU. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she studied multimedia journalism and anthropology. You can follow her on Twitter @gretchenfrazee.

View all posts by this author »

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from Indiana Public Media News:

Support For Indiana Public Media Comes From

Search News

Stay Connected

RSS e-mail itunes Facebook Twitter Flickr YouTube

Follow us on Twitter

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from Indiana Public Media News:

Recent Stories

Recent Videos

Find Us on Facebook