Scientists to Testify About GMO Foods, Maher Says
HARRISBURG - Rep. John Maher (R-Allegheny/Washington), chairman of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, has called a committee meeting for testimony from scientists who are recognized nationally for their knowledge of genetically engineered foods. The scientists will inform the committee about the nature of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and their role in today’s agriculture.

“Although federal legislation to address GMO labeling and safety has stalled, recent action in other states toward mandated labeling of GMO food has captured the attention of Pennsylvania residents who are urging legislative action,” said Maher. “I believe education should precede legislation, and I am holding this hearing to educate legislators on the subject.”

The informational meeting will be held on Monday, Oct. 6, beginning at 9 a.m. in the House Majority Caucus Room, Room 140, Main Capitol in Harrisburg.

Maher and members of the committee will hear testimony from the following nationally recognized scientists: Stephanie Seneff, Ph.D., senior research scientist, MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory; Kevin M. Folta, Ph.D., professor and chairman, Horticultural Sciences Department, University of Florida; Val Giddings, Ph.D., senior fellow, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, Washington, D.C.; Chuck Benbrook, Ph.D., manager, Measure to Manage (M2M) Farm and Food Diagnostics for Sustainability and Health,Washington State University; and, from Penn State, John Tooker, Ph.D., associate professor of Entomology and extension specialist; Troy Ott, Ph.D., PAS, professor of Reproductive Physiology; and Dave Mortensen, Ph.D., professor of Weed and Applied Plant Ecology.

The meeting will be streamed LIVE at, beginning at 9 a.m.

Media contact: Donna Pinkham, 717.260-6452,

Representative John Maher
40th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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