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2015 State GE Food Products Labeling Legislative Scorecard

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State legislatures regularly tackle contentious issues.  In recent years, however, few policy matters have been as heated and wide ranging as the debate about genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Over the past few years, legislatures in 41 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico have considered bills pertaining to the labeling of food derived from genetically engineered (GE) crops or related legislation. Thus far in 2015, legislatures in 25 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico have Read More >

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House Agriculture Subcommittee Seeks Answers from the Agricultural Marketing Service

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On June 25, 2015, the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research held a hearing to review the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Marketing Programs. Mr. Craig Morris, Deputy Administrator of Livestock Poultry and Seed Program of the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) at the United States Department of Agriculture was the only witness to testify in front of the Subcommittee. Specifically, Mr. Morris discussed some of the management system audits offered by the Read More >

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House Committee Examines GM Food Ingredients and FDA Regulation

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It was a big day for agricultural biotechnology in our nation’s capital. The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee held a hearing today on the labeling of genetically modified foods and specifically looked at proposed legislation aimed at remedying the contentious debate. The Safe and Affordable Food Act, HR 4432, would eliminate consumer confusion created by a state-by-state patchwork of labeling laws, advance food safety, inform consumers and provide consistency in food labeling. The bill: reaffirms Read More >

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Labeling Initiatives Fall in 2014 Elections; Maui Farmers Brace for Legal Fight

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The ag, biotech and food communities watched closely as the results of ballot initiatives in Colorado (Proposition 105) and Oregon (Measure 92) unfolded in the wake of the November 4 elections. Like previous ballet initiatives in California in 2012 and Washington State in 2013, the Colorado and Oregon proposals would have required the mandatory labeling of foods containing biotech ingredients. Voters in both Colorado and Oregon voted against the labeling initiatives, with the Colorado measure Read More >

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WSJ Reports on the “Organic Food Labeling Ballot Initiatives”

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On November 4th, citizens in Colorado and Oregon will have to decide on whether or not to approve contentious ballot initiatives that would require the mandatory labeling of certain products containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs).  The editorial board of the Wall Street Journal wrote an interesting piece that takes a look at what the organic industry will gain if these labeling initiatives pass.  It turns out quite a lot: “If you can’t beat them, ask Read More >

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