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I am 28 years old and I worked for the UK farming unions and the National Pig Association in Brussels from September 2006 until September 2012. Whilst this was a very cosmopolitan life I lived and breathed agriculture every day in trying to communicate the needs and aspirations of UK farmers to policy makers.

Key policies I worked included organic food, biotechnology, cloning, food labelling and climate change. I also worked with the EU Commission, Member State Governments and the European Parliament at a crucial time when welfare laws were coming into force on farm animals such as laying hens and pigs. 

I had a joyful upbringing in Cheshire, I have a twin sister Jenny and a younger sister Amy who work in photography and fashion. I love languages and speak French, Spanish, Portuguese and I am learning Danish. Otherwise in my spare time I enjoy hiking, running half marathons (I could never do a full one!) and touch rugby. I am also partial to a bit of singing and dancing! 

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USA election results released

Obama re-elected, GMO labelling unlikely to pass

Posted by Kate Lee on November 7, 2012

Appears in Aquaculture, Business, Crops, Dairy, Energy, Horticulture, Livestock, Organic, Pigs, Poultry, Technology

So I spent election night interviewing the general public in San Francisco. As you already know, the news from over here is that Obama was re-elected.

On GMO labelling and 'proposition 37', it looks like the 'no' campaign has it.

The labelling votes have not been officially counted yet but as reporters (and I) head off to bed preliminary figures show that 43% of the Californian electorate voted in favour and 57% against. 

I am heading off to Washington D.C over the next few days to talk to farm groups, farmers and other interested parties to discuss the real implications of these votes on America's food producers.

I will keep you informed! 

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