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TTIP: Don’t Forget About Agriculture

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Trade representatives from the U.S. and European Union (EU) are meeting in New York this week to discuss and debate next steps for the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Agriculture is one of the many topics being conferred on during these talks and has become a top priority for negotiators. On Monday, April 25, Politico reported that in advance of this meeting, 26 senators sent a bipartisan letter to United States Trade Representative Michael Read More >

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Food & Ag Groups Urge Support for Biotech Education Provision

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As the House Committee on Appropriations marks up the FY2017 agriculture spending bill, the Committee is considering $3 million for consumer education and outreach to “promote understanding and acceptance of” biotechnology, a joint effort by the FDA and the USDA. In a letter sent April 18 to Congressional leaders, BIO, along with 65 food and agricultural organizations urge support for the provision “to better inform the public about the application of biotechnology to food and Read More >

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Biotech Crops Continue to Benefit Farmers Worldwide

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Despite showing a 1 percent net marginal decrease in biotech crop acres (for the first time in 20 years), the annual ISAAA report shows that biotech crops are still preferred by 18 million farmers around the world for the environmental and economic benefits they provide. The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA) report, “20th Anniversary of the Global Commercialization of Biotech Crops (1996-2015) and Biotech Crop Highlights in 2015,” details the global Read More >

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Vermont Invades Your Kitchen

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As discussion over GMO food labeling moves to the Senate with consideration of S. 2609, the Biotech Labeling Solutions Act, the Wall Street Journal editorial board explains how Vermont’s state rule to label GMO foods will raise costs nationwide: The Constitution gives Congress the power to oversee interstate commerce, including the right to pre-empt state laws that dictate rules for businesses that operate nationwide. The organic legislators of Vermont will soon mandate deceptive and costly Read More >

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Sugar Beet Farmers Hope for Senate Action on GMO Preemption

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Discussions about a potential legislative solution to the GMO food labeling debate have prompted farmers to weigh in, especially sugar beet farmers who are concerned that some food companies are switching from beet sugar to cane sugar to avoid disclosing GMOs on their food labels. Philip Brasher writes for Agri-Pulse that leaders of the Senate Agriculture Committee are working on a possible compromise bill that could head off state GMO labeling requirements, the first of Read More >

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