Corn Growers Call for Uniform Labeling

Cindy ZimmermanCorn, Food, GMO, Government, NCGA

NCGA-Logo-3Representatives of the National Corn Growers Association were on Capitol Hill this week to support a uniform national labeling standard for foods made with genetically modified organisms.

The fly-in, organized by the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food, included 125 representatives from the entirety of the nation’s food supply chain, from farmers to food companies. Farmers and state staffers from the Indiana Corn Growers Association, Minnesota Corn Growers Association, and Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association joined NCGA in the effort.

“With farming such a vital piece of Minnesota’s economy, I was excited by the opportunity to discuss why a uniform, national food labeling standard makes sense for Minnesota farmers today,” said Anna Boroff, public policy director for the Minnesota Corn Growers Association. “There is enough unpredictability involved in farming, we certainly don’t need more. Unfortunately, if Congress doesn’t act soon, that’s exactly what will happen. It’s time for the Senate to pass reasonable legislation that gives farmers and consumers a consistent, transparent labeling standard.”

The corn growers urged Senators to quickly take up and pass the national standard which was passed by the House in July by a significant, bipartisan majority.