Federal food-labeling bill introduced; CCGA urges passage
The Colorado and National Corn Growers associations applauded the introduction Wednesday of legislation to create a national, science-based labeling standard for foods containing genetically modified organisms and urged Congress to quickly pass the bill.
The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, introduced by Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., and Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., will ensure that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration remains the authority on food safety and labeling in the United States.
Additionally, by establishing federal standards around a voluntary GMO-free label, this bill strikes an important balance between providing consumers choice and clarity in the grocery aisle and protecting a technology that is vital to American farmers.
"Farmers and consumers agree on the need for clear, consistent labeling. Labels should be science-based and uniform in all 50 states," said NCGA President Chip Bowling, a farmer from Maryland. "In the absence of a national solution to GMO labeling, we risk increased food prices for American families and continued confusion in the marketplace.
"This legislation provides a common-sense solution for American consumers looking for additional information about the food they buy, while providing certainty to the farmers who produce it. We urge Congress to support it."
Colorado Corn Legislative Lunch brings producers, lawmakers together
Dozens of lawmakers took time out of their busy schedules Tuesday to have lunch with Colorado Corn staff and board leaders in Denver.
The event, taking place at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center near the Capitol, was aimed at giving state senators and representatives a first-hand account of day-to-day operations for corn producers, as well as the challenges they face.
Eight of Colorado Corn’s board leaders, who consist of farmers from all over the state, were in attendance to provide insight to the 30-plus lawmakers and legislative staff members on hand.
Among the approximately 40 people in attendance all together was the new Colorado agriculture commissioner, Don Brown.
“Any time you can have that one-on-one time with lawmakers, it’s incredibly beneficial,” said Colorado Corn Growers Association President Dave Eckhardt, who farms near LaSalle. “Each year, we have fewer and fewer people in the Capitol who have any background in ag. Many of them have a great interest in what we do, but it’s up to us to be there in-person to give them our perspective and voice our concerns.”
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