Your Thoughts on the Senate #GMO Disclosure Bill?

Joanna SchroederGMO, ZimmPoll

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “What cookout cuisine do you bring to the table?” We’re well into grilling season and hot off an Independence Day weekend. Burgers and pasta salad were high on the list. In the Other category we got answers like my favorite – steak! Here are the poll results: Pasta Salad – 25% Cheese Burgers – … Read More

#GMO Disclosure Bill Passes Senate

Cindy ZimmermanAudio, biotechnology, Food, GMO, Government

Late Thursday evening, the U.S. Senate Wednesday voted 63-30 to pass the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard that preempts individual state laws to require labeling of foods containing genetically engineered ingredients. The bipartisan compromise legislation, which was worked out by Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), requires mandatory disclosure with several options, including … Read More

Study Finds Vermont GMO Labeling Misleading

Joanna SchroederASA, biotechnology, GMO, Labeling

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 … Read More

More than 100 Nobel Laureates Support GMOs

Kelly MarshallAg Group, biotechnology, GMO, Plant Science, technology

This morning three Nobel Laureates presented at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. to call on Greenpeace, the United Nations and governments around the world to support GMOs. They are the public face of more than 100 Nobel Laureates who signed a letter asking that campaigns agains products like Golden Rice be abandoned.  The letter condemns practices that are … Read More

#GMO Labeling Compromise Reached

Cindy ZimmermanASTA, Audio, biotechnology, GMO, Government

Leadership of the Senate Agriculture Committee Thursday announced a bipartisan compromise on GMO labeling legislation in advance of the pending implementation of a state law in Vermont. “Our marketplace – both consumers and producers – needs a national biotechnology standard to avoid chaos in interstate commerce,” said Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) about the compromise reached with Ranking … Read More

Coalition Says Labeling Law Needed Now

Cindy ZimmermanAudio, biotechnology, Food, GMO

The Coalition for Safe Affordable Food (CFSAF) and leaders of America’s agricultural and food industries are sounding the alarm that Congress needs to act immediately to pass a bipartisan solution before Vermont’s mandatory on-package labeling law goes into effect July 1. As of today, there are only seven days left on the legislative calendar before the state law is implemented … Read More

NAS Reaffirms Safety and Benefits of GMOs

Kelly MarshallAg Group, ASA, GMO, NCGA, Research

The National Academy of Sciences has released (yet another) report reaffirming the safety and benefits of GMO crops.  Not surprisingly this report has lead to a flurry of reactions across multiple social media platforms, both positive and negative.  Agricultural groups are also responding.  From the American Soybean Association and the National Corn Growers Association to the Coalition for Safe and Affordable Food, … Read More

US and Nigerian #Corn Growers Talk #Biotech

Cindy Zimmermanbiotechnology, Corn, Ethanol, GMO, International, NCGA

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) staffers welcomed the director of the Nigerian Corn Growers Association for a series of meetings this week on how farmers in the two nations can work together to increase corn demand and promote acceptance of biotechnology. Edwin Uche, director of the Nigerian Corn Growers Association, reached out for a meeting during the recent Maize … Read More

#GMO Labeling Bill Fails to Advance in Senate

Cindy ZimmermanAFBF, Ag Group, biotechnology, GMO, Government

Despite the best efforts of Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS), the Senate failed to invoke cloture on the Biotechnology Labeling Solutions Bill in a 48-49 vote Wednesday, blocking advancement of the legislation that would create a voluntary federal standard for labeling foods with genetically modified ingredients. Roberts expressed his disappointment at the inability to come to agreement on … Read More

Senate Debates GMO Labeling on #AgDay

Cindy ZimmermanAg Day, Audio, biotechnology, GMO, Government

After hearing debate on National Ag Day, the Senate is set to vote today on legislation proposed by Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) to provide a voluntary national standard for foods containing genetically modified ingredients as well as an incentive to provide more information on biotechnology to consumers. During his floor speech on the Biotechnology Labeling Solutions bill, … Read More