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Colorado Corn reiterating support of federal food-labeling bill over state ballot measure

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With news this past week of a mandatory GMO-labeling measure officially making the Colorado ballot, many across the state are stressing that a vote for Proposition 105 would only contribute to the ongoing state-by-state patchwork of food-labeling and food-safety rules, which is confusing and disruptive for farmers, other food producers and consumers.

Furthermore, implementing mandatory labels would create added production costs, which would then be passed on to consumers, some of whom already struggle with their grocery bills.

While in opposition to Proposition 105 — a law that would require “GMO” labels for all foods sold in Colorado containing genetically modified organisms — Colorado Corn and a number of other agricultural and food groups are putting their support behind the nationwide Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, HR-4432, and hope the legislation will continue to have support from both sides of the aisle as it works its way through Washington, D.C.

If approved, the law would create a nationwide, voluntary labeling system, and also a set of labeling standards — not only for foods containing GMOs, but also for other food categories. Also, it would further ensure the safety of GMOs, by requiring the Food and Drug Administration to conduct reviews of all new GMO traits before they’re introduced into commerce.

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GMO labeling measure will be on the November ballot

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It's official. The Colorado Secretary of State verified Wednesday there will be a GMO labeling measure on the November ballot - http://tinyurl.com/ldr4avx. From now through the election, continue following us here, on Facebook, on Twitter and elsewhere to learn more about why this would be a bad law for Colorado.

Keeping a watchful eye on Washington

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Colorado Corn and the National Corn Growers Association are keeping a close eye on what looks to be the nation’s largest corn crop on record and resulting low corn prices, and are particularly concerned about efforts in Washington that may drive prices down farther, stagnate markets or raise the cost of production.

Specifically, we’re watching:

  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to cut by 10 percent the amount of corn ethanol in the Renewable Fuel Standard for 2014, a step that means future years also may see reductions. Reducing the demand of corn for ethanol will significantly impact prices.
  • The EPA’s proposal for new regulations regarding the Clean Water Act and the definition of which waters will be covered. Farmers need clarity and the proposed rule regarding “Waters of the U.S.” needs to be fixed. Farmers cannot afford more regulatory uncertainty that drives up costs.
  • Our own push in Washington for modernized Trade Promotion Authority legislation as provided in the bi-partisan Congressional Trade Priorities Act of 2014. This would improve our nation’s ability to advance trade agreements that open markets for U.S. farmers and increase export demand for corn and corn products.

GMO resources for you

We want you to have the information you need to be able to have fruitful discussions with your friends and neighbors about this important topic.

http://www.coloradocorn.com/news-events/news/gmo-info-and-resources

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