Written by Travis Koch, Posted: Thu, October 11 2012 at 5:15 PM, Updated: Thu, October 11 2012 at 5:34 PM
He's been the voice behind exposing potential environmental and health risks associated with the use of genetically modified crops. Tonight, Jeffrey M. Smith is in the rogue valley to educate farmers, and the public about the hazards of using GMO products.
GMOs are used in millions of acres of crops across America. Even here in Jackson County where groups are now working to adopt an ordinance that would ban the use of genetically modified seeds in the county. Companies like Monsanto, DuPont and local GMO seed manufacturer Syngenta say they can genetically engineer crops to withstand insects, droughts and produce higher yields using chemicals as common as Round Up. Smith, who founded the Institute of Responsible Technology in 2003 to educate policy makers and citizens about genetically modified foods, will speak at 7:30 p.m. in the Central Medford High School auditorium.Ticket prices range from $10 for students to $20 at the door.
News at Sunrise Co-Anchor Travis Koch started his career as a filmmaker. He wrote and directed documentaries about traveling and extreme sports.
Among his many life experiences, he was a dog musher in Alaska and a baker in Minnesota. Travis began his career at NBC5 News as a weekend photographer and has continued to follow his dreams in television broadcasting and multimedia.