Spotlight on Student Research: Sara Velardi
Graduate Program in Environmental Science
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GPES graduate Dr. Sara Velardi recently published a paper entitled "Framing local: an analysis of framing strategies for genetically modified organism (GMO) labeling initiatives in the northeastern U.S" in the journal Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. This study analyzed state food labeling initiatives in CT, MA, ME and VT with a particular focus on genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
This study found that labeling tied to individual consumer rights and economic risks were evident across all states' discourses on GMO labeling, with some states emphasizing concerns linked to public health and a lack of scientific data to support labeling initiatives. GMOs continue to be a hotly debated issue amongst environmentalists, the food industry, and the general public. Dr. Velardi is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Environmental Studies at Binghamton University.