Pamela Bailey, President and CEO of the Grocery Manufacturers Association, and Chuck Conner, President and CEO of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, released the following statement today. Bailey and Conner serve as the co-chairs of the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food, which consists of 54 national trade associations representing the entire food chain.
“It is imperative that Chairman Roberts and Ranking Member Stabenow reach an agreement this week on the biotech labeling bill. There is simply no more time for a compromise to be reached. The issues are well defined, have been fully debated, and now it is time to get in a room and reach a final deal. We are confident that a Roberts-Stabenow compromise will get 60 votes in the Senate and will be passed by the House before the Vermont law goes into effect on July 1. However, for this to happen a Roberts-Stabenow compromise must be reached this week. We and the 800 other Coalition member organizations nationwide stand ready to support the compromise once announced and work for rapid passage. The clock is ticking louder by the day and the stakes couldn’t be higher for the agriculture and food industry.”
We are a broad-based coalition representing the entire American agriculture food supply chain – from farm to fork. We are committed to increasing the public’s understanding about the science and safety of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and advocating for science-based policies that keep food affordable for every American.