State Activity

California

Mar
4

Senate Committee Passes GMO Labeling Bill Tara Duggan San Francisco Chronicle On Tuesday the Senate Agriculture Committee passed the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, also known as SAFE, which would prevent states from passing mandatory food labeling laws for genetically modified organisms, including one such law scheduled to go into effect July 1 in… read more

Feb
11

Regulators Shouldn’t Deprive Farmers Of A Safe Pesticide Ted Sheely Sacramento Bee Farmers in California have it tough these days. Despite recent rainfall, we continue to suffer through one of the worst droughts in history. Now state regulators are trying to deny us the right to use one of the best and safest products in… read more

Oct
1

Scientists Create GMOs To Fight E. Coli Natalie Jacewicz The Californian Plants may finally fight back in the battle against E. coli. Scientists have discovered a way to grow crops with an antimicrobial protein that can be extracted to fight E. coli outbreaks, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy… read more

Sep
4

Technology Needs Your Support Herb Lindberg The Union You can’t pick up a newspaper or watch a news show nowadays without being bombarded by campaigns against all the technology that is going to destroy us. They say unless we cut fossil fuel use by 32 percent our planet is doomed from global warming; fracking is… read more

Aug
24

GMO Bill Gets Farming Support Seth Nidever The Hanford Sentinel Three years after California voters rejected a ballot measure that would have required mandatory labeling of genetically modified organisms used in supermarket foods, the debate over GMOs is back in full force — this time, at the federal level. The Senate is considering a bill… read more

Jun
29

False Food Fears By Maarten Chrispeels San Diego Union-Tribune Chipotle Mexican Grill recently announced that all genetically modified (GMO) corn and soy-derived ingredients in its food will be removed or replaced with non-GMO versions. Many scientists like myself were puzzled by the announcement. What is going on here? Has new information surfaced showing that GMO… read more

Jun
29

Genetic Engineering Can Decrease Crop’s Water Needs Michael E. Kelly & Henry I. Miler, M.D. Wall Street Journal “How Thirsty Crops Soak Up California’s Water” (U.S. News, June 20) proves that California’s almond production isn’t the devil it is being made out to be. I’d like to add something. Almond meats, which compose only 25%… read more

Jun
17

Scientists Use Molecular ‘Lock And Key’ For Potential Control Of GMOs By Sarah Yang UC Berkeley News Center UC Berkeley researchers have developed an easy way to put bacteria under a molecular lock and key in order to contain its accidental spread. The method involves a series of genetic mutations that render the microbe inactive… read more

Jun
8

Genetic Engineering Helps Plants Survive In Drought By Ted D. Sheely The Sacramento Bee In this time of unprecedented drought, much attention has been focused on the use of water for farms to grow our food. As farmers are forced to deal with markedly less water, one promising technology that is already serving as a… read more

May
11

By Dino Giacomazzi The Sentinel (Hanford, CA) May 2, 2015 It’s impossible to picture California without its famous agricultural sector. Biotechnology, commonly referred to as genetically modified organisms (GMOs), allows our farmers to produce more crops using less water and pesticides. Some GMOs have been specifically designed to withstand drought, something that obviously comes in… read more

Apr
6

In developing countries where white rice is the dominant food, a half million pregnant women and young children become blind and two million die every year because of a Vitamin A deficiency. On a mission to use genetic engineering to benefit humankind, scientists have genetically modified one type of rice so the grain, not just… read more

Mar
31

For four years, the state of California has experienced a devastating drought. It’s not just a little dry—according to scientists, it’s the worst drought in over a millennium, fueled by global climate change. Cali is in such dire straits that Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. just signed two emergency measures to funnel another $1 billion… read more

Mar
30

When it comes to the earth’s dwindling resources, climbing temperatures and burgeoning population, talk is as plentiful as it is cheap. It can also be contentious. But Dr. Pamela Ronald, professor of plant pathology at University of California, Davis, doesn’t have time for controversy. She’s too busy working toward an unassailable goal. “I’m focused on… read more

Mar
18

Congress is moving toward developing a uniform set of food labeling rules for food that uses GMOS, genetically modified organisms, an American Farm Bureau official told Ohio Farm Bureau Federation members on a three-day lobbying trip to Washington, D.C. Still yet to be decided: Whether labeling will be mandatory, as some lawmakers favor, or whether… read more

Feb
24

An Idaho lawmaker and farmer said the state should press the federal government to establish a national labeling system for genetically engineered foods before states create their own. Idaho hasn’t had a food labeling initiative like the ones in California, Washington and Oregon, but Republican Rep. Steven Miller, an organic hay farmer from Fairfield, said… read more

Feb
10

There are two things Alison Van Eenennaam wants people to understand about genetically engineered foods: There is no scientific data linking so-called genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, to ill effects in humans or animals, and besides, that horse has already left the starting gate. In her seminar Tuesday at the World Ag Expo, the University… read more

Feb
4

As the California drought enters its fourth year, scientists are trying to genetically engineer plants that survive on less water. After adding a new piece of genetic code to their DNA, tomatoes and other plants were able to hold on to more water and survive for as many as 12 days without irrigation. The tactic,… read more

Jan
9

Activists pushing for mandated labeling of genetically modified (GM) foods are really pushing a disingenuous political agenda that will be both confusing and costly for consumers. For years, these activists have tried to insinuate there might be something risky about GM foods. However, the scientific consensus — built around countless studies and 7 trillion meals… read more

Dec
18

A startling exchange on Capitol Hill last week ought to end the debate over whether genetically modified foods should carry special warning labels. It came near the conclusion of a three-hour hearing on December 10. The members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health heard a range of views on a hotly… read more

Dec
11

A House subcommittee on Wednesday debated the role of the Food and Drug Administration in the regulation of food containing genetically engineered (GE) ingredients. Many legislators said they want to see one national set of standards for GE labeling and are worried about the “patchwork” of state rules that may develop. The Energy and Commerce… read more

Dec
10

A top official at the Food and Drug Administration assured lawmakers Wednesday the agency has no safety concerns about the increasingly controversial production of genetically engineered foods. Genetically modified organisms, better known as GMOs, are used by farmers to increase their crop yields. But many concerns have been raised by food safety groups about the… read more

Nov
25

Voters in two states, Colorado and Oregon, defeated GMO labeling at the ballot box in the November elections. This is the third year in a row activists who want labels identifying genetically modified foods have lost state initiatives and referenda. Voters rejected Colorado’s Proposition 105 with 67 percent of the vote. Measure 92 in Oregon… read more

Nov
21

Frank Priestley, President of the Idaho Farm Bureau, notes that some consumers will benefit from GMO labeling laws – if those consumers are organic farmers and have an audience so educated by advertising that they will pay almost any price for ‘health’. No one was as surprised as farmers that a GMO warning label law,… read more

Nov
20

Measure 92, which would have required labels for genetically engineered food products, appears to have failed this month, though a recount is possible. A similar measure failed in Colorado, too, extending a ballot-box losing streak that includes California (2012) and Washington (2013). Label-it Land is not a place of complete despair, however. This year’s result… read more

Nov
13

Voters in Colorado and Oregon have spoken with a firm voice in opposition to mandatory labeling of foods that contain ingredients produced via agricultural biotechnology. After closely examining the facts, voters decided they wanted no part of a system that would have provided them incomplete, inaccurate information and led to higher grocery prices for families.… read more

Nov
12

The American chestnut was once a major feature of the Appalachian forests, with its range covering the entire East Coast. But it fell victim to an invasive species: a fungal blight has pretty much wiped out the species in its native range. A few nearly dead trees sporadically send out shoots, and some survivors outside… read more

Nov
5

Oregon voters have narrowly rejected the labeling of genetically modified foods following the most expensive ballot-measure campaign in state history. Residents voted 49.5 to 50.5 against the measure, which would have required manufacturers, retailers and suppliers to label raw or packaged foods produced entirely or partially by genetic engineering. As of Wednesday morning, the difference… read more

Oct
28

Sixty-four countries require some form of food labeling for GMOs — genetically modified organisms. U.S. manufacturers already include that label information on food exports to those countries. And the global trend is toward GMO labeling, just as nutrition labels have become ubiquitous. So the only good reason for supporting Measure 92 is to promote that… read more

Oct
17

Genetically modified foods are definitely “out” for Colorado’s urban-farmer blisterati, and they want the state to help make their case. Proposition 105, like California’s failed Prop 37, asks Colorado voters whether it ought to be mandatory to include labels on all products containing genetically modified ingredients. Coloradans might just outdo those Pacific-fronting pikers on this… read more

Sep
10

Detractors argue that GMOs raise a number of thorny issues, from medical safety to environmental protection to lax regulations and corporate control of the food supply. As the debate rages on, it’s estimated that 70 percent of processed foods already contain some modified products. Syrup from GM corn and sugar from GM sugar beets are… read more

Jun
1

Voters in two Oregon counties have chosen to outlaw the cultivation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the productive Rogue Valley. They are not the only ones going in the wrong direction. Several places in California, Hawaii, Maine and Washington state also have bans in place, though the Oregon counties are the first in which… read more

Apr
30

An extensive report by the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) on Genetically Engineered crop (GE) labeling was published yesterday. Titled “The Potential Impacts of Mandatory Labeling for Genetically Engineered Food in the United States,” the document with over 100 references reports on the science, the politics and the legal issues associated with mandatory… read more

Apr
28

In 2013, genetically engineered (GE) varieties accounted for 95 percent of sugar beet, 93 percent of soy, and 90 percent of all cotton and corn acreage in the United States, according to a new report from the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST). Ingredients from GE plants have for years been commonly used in… read more

Apr
25

Pollan, who wrote a feature for The New Yorker recently about whether plants can think, remains skeptical of G.M.O.s for several reasons. First, he notes that the vast majority of genetically engineered crops in the U.S. have been designed to enhance the productivity of industrial farming, and are only more firmly establishing practices such as… read more

Feb
14

For this week’s episode of Inquiring Minds, I spoke with Dr. Steven Novella, a neurologist at Yale University. Novella is a prominent voice in the skeptical movement, a scientific movement that, as he describes it, focuses heavily on explaining the truth behind “common myths—things that people believe that aren’t true.” So I asked him to… read more

Feb
6

People who want to know more about genetically modified ingredients in their food would be able to get it on some packages, but not others, under a plan the industry is pushing. Large food companies worried they might be forced to add “genetically modified” to packaging are proposing voluntary labeling of those engineered foods, so… read more

Jan
22

It’s a complicated story, with lots of twists and turns.  But while the activists’ claims about a pesticide-caused “bee-pocalypse” have received wide publicity and generated widespread alarm, acceding to their demands – which are based on largely spurious and highly debatable science — could steal away the only technology currently available for keeping the U.S. citrus… read more

May
12

Last November, California voters rejected a ballot initiative that would require such labeling, but bills that would do so were recently introduced in both the U.S. House and Senate. Invoking “the right to know,” a lot of people support those bills. The argument for labeling GM foods would be compelling if they posed risks to… read more

National

Oct
21

Friends, Together, we achieved a major victory for American consumers, farmers and the food producing community when President Obama signed uniform, national food labeling legislation into law on July 29. It was a historic, bipartisan achievement that would not have been successful without you. As you know, our work is not done. While the overall… read more

Jul
29

The Coalition for Safe Affordable Food (CFSAF) commended President Barack Obama today for signing into law historic legislation that will protect family farmers and small businesses from the severe impacts of disparaging state labeling laws and provide consumers with a nationwide transparent food disclosure system for genetically engineered ingredients. The bill, which includes federal preemption… read more

Jul
14

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Claire Parker 202.677.7699 press@cfsaf.org July 14, 2016 CFSAF Celebrates Final Passage of National Uniform  Food Labeling Legislation (Washington, D.C.) –  The Coalition for Safe Affordable Food (CFSAF) today applauded members of the U.S. House of Representatives who voted 306 to 117 to pass legislation that preempts Vermont’s GMO labeling mandate, protects American… read more

Jul
11

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Claire Parker 202.677.7699 press@cfsaf.org  July 11, 2016 Today, more than 1,100 agriculture, food and business organizations and companies representing the entire U.S. food supply chain from farm to fork sent a letter to House leadership calling on them to pass this week the agricultural biotechnology solution that was approved 63-30 by… read more

Jul
8

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Claire Parker 202.677.7699 press@cfsaf.org July 7, 2016 CFSAF Commends Senate Passage of Uniform, National Disclosure Bill (Washington, D.C.) – The Coalition for Safe Affordable Food today praised the U.S. Senate’s passage by a 63-30 vote of common-sense bipartisan legislation developed by Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Senator Debbie Stabenow… read more

Jun
29

107 Nobel Laureates Sign Letter Blasting Greenpeace Over GMOs By: Joel Achenbach June 29, 2016 The Washington Post More than 100 Nobel laureates have signed a letter urging Greenpeace to end its opposition to genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The letter asks Greenpeace to cease its efforts to block introduction of a genetically engineered strain of… read more

Jul
12

Conservative support is strong for the agricultural biotechnology legislation that the House is expected to consider this week.  Major conservative leaders from American Enterprise Institute Fellow Alex Brill and free market activist Jerry Roger to Senator Ted Cruz and Congressman Mick Mulvaney all agree that Congress needs to pass this bill, which will immediately preempt… read more

About the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food

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.

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