GMO Labels Not Scary and Senate Farm Bill Passes
**The public's attitude toward genetically modified organisms does not appear to seen as a warning label.
That's the finding in one Vermont study that found GMO labels actually lessened consumer fears, while another found only about half the people surveyed had health concerns when shown a GMO label.
University of Vermont applied economist Jane Kolodinsky found that opposition to GMO food in the state fell by 19 percent AFTER Vermont required mandatory labels in 2016.
She tells Agri-Pulse "Simple mandatory disclosure does not increase consumer aversion."
**The Senate passed a bipartisan farm bill that sets up a clash with the House and President Trump over broad new work requirements for food stamp recipients.
According to agweb.com, the Senate bill, that passed 86-11 Thursday, would renew subsidies for farmers and crop-insurance companies, along with food aid for low-income families.
The Senate bill does not include the work rules. The House version would make work requirements stricter and would shift some food-stamp benefits to job-training programs.
**U.S. farmers planted about what the trade had expected for corn and soybean acreage in 2018.
Agriculture.com reports the latest USDA report pegs U.S. 2018 corn acreage at 89.1 million vs. the average trade estimate at 88.56 million and the USDA's March estimate of 88.02.
For soybeans, the USDA estimated U.S. farmers planted 89.6 million acres vs. the average trade estimate of 89.69 million and the government's of 88.98 million.