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Congress, Media Focused on Biotech Food Labeling

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Media coverage of the biotech food labeling debate is at a fever pitch as the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act (H.R. 1599) is poised to see action on the floor of the House of Representatives this week. Among the highlights: Charles Conner, former United States Deputy Secretary of Agriculture and current president and CEO of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives wrote an op-ed in RollCall: GMOs have been around for decades, helping farmers Read More >

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Unhealthy Fixation: The War Against GMOs

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The war against genetically modified organisms is full of fearmongering, errors, and fraud. Labeling them will not make you safer, writes William Saletan in a comprehensive and well-researched article in Slate: Is genetically engineered food dangerous? Many people seem to think it is. In the past five years, companies have submitted more than 27,000 products to the Non-GMO Project, which certifies goods that are free of genetically modified organisms. Last year, sales of such products Read More >

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House Ag Committee Advances Biotech Food Labeling Bill

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The House Agriculture Committee approved on Tuesday, July 14, H.R. 1599, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015. First introduced on March 25 by Reps. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) and G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), the legislation has evolved through bipartisan discussions between the Agriculture Committee and the Energy and Commerce Committee. The bill currently has 69 cosponsors along with public support from more than 400 organizations in all 50 states that represent every step of Read More >

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Understanding the Wider Implications of HR 9: Patent Reform’s Impact on Agriculture


The House Judiciary Committee recently approved H.R. 9, the Innovation Act, legislation they hoped would reduce frivolous patent-related litigation, frequently filed by so-called “patent trolls.”  Unfortunately, rather than surgically targeting abusive lawsuits, H.R. 9 would fundamentally alter the ability of legitimate patent holders to defend their rights. Agricultural innovation, biotechnology and sustainable agriculture will help society meet monumental challenges presented by the expected growth in demand for animal feed, food, fibers, biofuels and pharmaceuticals.  However, Read More >

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Why We’re Scared of GMOs (According to Someone Who Has Studied Them Since the Start)

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On the Washington Post’s Wonkblog, reporter Roberto Ferdman addresses the issue of perceptions about GMOs and biotechnology in food production. Ferdman spoke with Jayson Lusk, an agricultural economist at Oklahoma State University, who has been studying peoples’ aversion to GMOs ever since they were introduced in the late 1990s. Lusk likens the split to the disagreement that once existed between the scientific community and general public about climate change, but warns that it can be Read More >

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