GMO Labeling Rule Faces Challenges

Kelly Marshall

Many ag organizations put in multiple hours to pass the Labeling Law this summer, but now a new executive order aimed at reducing regulations may create additional challenges to the final release of these rules.  The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) was working on the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) to get feedback on the best way to handle the new …

Dow AgroSciences Addresses Consumer Information Gap

Kelly Marshall

Tim Hassigner with Dow AgroSciences was at ASTA CSS & Seed Expo to talk with members of the seed industry about the gap in information between themselves and consumers. “It’s definitely a time when there’s more questions and concerns related to food, but […] information sharing can make a difference,” he told the audience durning the morning session. The consumer …

Farm Groups Praise Obama for Signing Labeling Bill

Kelly Marshall

Multiple farm organizations have released statements, thanking President Obama for signing the food labeling bill into law.  The new law was created to protect the food supply from a patch-work of state labeling laws and to offer consumers a more transparent, national system. “We are grateful to President Obama for swiftly signing into law a bill that is crucial for …

Study Finds Vermont GMO Labeling Misleading

Joanna Schroeder

With July 1st come and gone the new genetically modified ingredients (GMO) labels hit the shelves in Vermont. The anticipation of the new label prompted an online survey of 1,665 online shoppers, commissioned by the American Soybean Association (ASA). The survey found that the labels are misleading to consumers. The five food labels tested were common food label statements related …

1,000 Organizations Support Passage of Food Labeling

Kelly Marshall

More than 1,000 ag and food industry organizations have come together to show their support for the food labeling solution.  Co-chairs for the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food (CFSAF), Pamela Bailey and Charles Conner are excited by the show of support for this critical legislation and hope a letter to the Senate will demonstrate the necessity of moving forward quickly. “The …

Food Labeling Bill Must Pass Now Says CFSAF

Kelly Marshall

The Coalition for Safe and Affordable Food says Congress must reach a bipartisan compromise on the food labeling bill this week.  Pamela Bailey, President and CEO of the Grocery Manufacturers Association, and Chuck Conner, President and CEO of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives are the co-chairs of CFSAF.  Today they released the following statement: “It is imperative that Chairman …

GMA Calls on Senate to Stand Up for Biotechnology

Kelly Marshall

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) is calling on Congress to pass a uniform national labeling law.  Pamela G. Bailey, president and CEO of the GGMA, reminded lawmakers that the stigmatization of on-package labels will create confusion, an increase in consumer coast, and a shift away from biotech crops.  Moving forward as we are  now will turn the clock back on …

Debate Begins on Food Labeling Bill

Kelly Marshall

U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, (R-KS), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, has announced that the Senate has proceeded to floor debate on his proposed food labeling bill.  The bill was created to set a national standard for providing consumers with information about biotechnology. “This legislation is a true compromise,” said Chairman Roberts. “I have worked with my colleagues …

SoyGrowers Focus on GMO Labeling in Washington

Kelly Marshall

This week the American Soybean Association (ASA) and its Board of Directors will hold their  annual meeting in Washington D.C.  This year’s meeting coincides with the introduction of Senate bill S.2609, the national standard for labeling of bioengineered food set forth by the Agriculture Committee Chairman, Senator Pat Roberts.  The organization will be focusing much of its efforts on this measure, …

GMO Answers Stands Up For Science

Lizzy Schultz

The use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and the controversial legislation surrounding GMO labeling were hot discussion topics at the 2016 Commodity Classic, with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack addressing the issue during the event, as well as several commodity groups. In the trade show, the Council for Biotechnology Information (CBI) had a booth dedicated to GMO Answers, an …