On Agriculture Day at the Illinois State Fair, a local congressman is downplaying the fears that some are expressing about the biggest issue in food production these days.
The issue is the use of genetically-modified foods. A number of different crops have been altered genetically to grow faster and more plentiful, and to be more resistant to the effects of bugs and disease. But some people are concerned about what effect those foods are having on the people who eat them. However, Congressman Rodney Davis says genetically-modified organisms are essential to meeting the nation's and the world's demand for food.
Appearing live on 970 WMAY's "Jim Leach Show" from the State Fair, Davis said he expects a push from some in Congress to put more regulation and restriction on genetically-modified crops, but he warned that too many new rules will hurt production and damage the agriculture economy.