State Activity

Colorado

Jun
13

Colorado Corn On GMO labeling Colorado Farm Bureau Morning Ag Clips With only 13 days left for the U.S. Senate to act before Vermont’s GMO-labeling mandate takes effect and the negative consequences spread across the nation, Colorado leaders today called on U.S. Senators Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner to urge Senate leadership to bring a… read more

Jun
9

Get The Facts Right On GMOs Rebecca Larson (LTE) The Denver Post I appreciate the value of differing opinions in a public debate. However, those opinions must be backed by reasonable facts. I find it appalling that The Post ran Susan Permut’s letter, which was riddled with error. First, Monsanto does not make neonicotinoids; Syngenta… read more

Apr
25

House 63 Candidate Whitlow Backs Farmers Mike Lefever Times-Call As a retired fireman and farmer, I realize the importance of having the right people in office that will represent the voice and views of the people, one that truly cares about our needs. It is my honor and pleasure to write to you in support… read more

Apr
20

Boulder County Commissioners’ GMO Decision Doesn’t Separate Fact From Fiction Greg Ludlow Times-Call While we’ve all come to accept that some of our friends and family are susceptible to urban legends and demonstrably untrue Internet memes, we have a right to hold our elected leaders to a higher standard — particularly when our tax dollars… read more

Mar
29

Congress Must Act On GMO Labeling Editorial Board The Denver Post The Colorado Farm Bureau was not terribly happy with U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., when he voted recently against a bill to pre-empt state laws that mandate labels on food products containing genetically modified ingredients. Such a law goes into effect July 1 in… read more

Mar
22

Food Producers, Consumers Deserve National GMO Labeling Standard Editorial Board Greeley Tribune We were sorry to see the U.S. Senate kill a bill this past week that would have created a national voluntary standard for labeling food products made with genetically modified organisms. The measure, sponsored by Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan.,… read more

Mar
22

The Unintended Consequences Of A GMO Ban Rebecca Larson Daily Camera As a resident of Boulder County and an agronomist with a Ph.D. in plant science, I’ve watched the public discussion about modern agricultural practices on open space land with growing concern. In particular, there seem to be a significant number of misconceptions about how… read more

Mar
22

Boulder County-Owned Land Could Go GMO-Free John Fryar The Denver Post Commissioners on Thursday directed the Boulder County staff to draft a plan for phasing out the growing of genetically engineered crops on county-owned farmland. The county’s current cropland policy, which allows its tenant farmers to grow certain varieties of genetically modified corn and sugar… read more

Feb
1

Science Denialism A Peculiar Fad For A Savvy City Lindsay Diamond Daily Camera Boulder is consistently highlighted as a competitor to Silicon Valley for tech companies and startups. One of the contributing factors is the percentage of highly educated residents (though its natural beauty probably does not hurt either). A peculiar feature of this supposed… read more

Aug
11

Larimer Ag Board Jumps Into GMO, National Issues By Nick Coltrain Coloradoan The Larimer County Agricultural Advisory Board isn’t keeping clear of divisive national issues. It’s diving right in. Immigration, animal cruelty laws, disappearing honeybees and genetically modified organisms headline the topics the 14-person, volunteer board aims to tackle. Several board members presented information about… read more

Jun
15

GMO Labeling Rules Should Be Optional By Chris Wagner Reporter-Herald (Loveland, CO) Coloradans made the right choice when they rejected mandatory GMO labeling last November. Nevertheless, a stubborn fringe continues pursuing labeling mandates in several states and at the federal level — even though scientific studies repeatedly conclude GMOs are safe to eat. This hurts… read more

Jun
10

Letter To The Editor: Support The Safe And Accurate Food Labeling Act By Brian Allmer Colorado Corn Dear editor, Coloradans made the right choice when they rejected mandatory GMO labeling last November. Nevertheless, a stubborn fringe continues pursuing labeling mandates in several states and at the federal level – even though scientific studies repeatedly conclude… read more

Jun
4

GMO’s Showing Their Age By Greg Martin Colorado Ag Report GMO’s Showing Their Age. I’m Greg Martin with Lacy Gray for Colorado Ag Today. While Colorado along with three other states have narrowly voted down the labeling of genetically modified products a new study is now showing that GMO’s are neither new nor are they… read more

Apr
18

Last November, Coloradans overwhelmingly rejected a measure that would’ve mandated labeling of Colorado foods containing genetically modified (GMO) ingredients — understanding these laws would hurt local families, farmers and small businesses by increasing food prices and consumer confusion, and also contribute to a complicated patchwork of state labeling rules. Although Colorado voters made the common-sense… read more

Mar
3

Could the United States have nationwide GMO labeling after all? And why aren’t anti-GMO activists happy about the potential for a country-wide standard? “Labeling” has been the clarion call to mobilize advocacy groups that have managed to place labeling initiatives on three state ballots (California, Washington and Oregon, where the measure lost by less than… 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
1

Which way did I vote? I didn’t. I’m not a U.S. citizen. And with no right to vote on anything, I’ve been pretty lazy these last few years on all things political. But something about this result did capture my attention because if you’d expect any city to vote for GMO labeling it would be… 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

Despite current losses in Oregon and Colorado, GM opponents are determined to escalate their battle, promising to push for mandatory labeling on food state-by-state or from Congress. Many activists, such as Professor Elizabeth Glass Geltman, a City University of New York environmental professor, justify their position in part by claiming that more than 60 countries… read more

Nov
19

Today there are encouraging signs, particularly in the EU, that the tides are shifting. More and more thought leaders are calling on officials to abandon their restrictive policies on GMOs. Just recently, more than twenty of Europe’s leading plant scientists signed a joint letter warning that Europe will never meet agricultural targets unless it starts… 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
7

Voters in Oregon and Colorado turned down high-profile ballot initiatives this week that would have required labels on foods made with ingredients from genetically engineered crops. The Colorado proposal was defeated by a 2-to-1 margin. It would have required companies to label packaged foods with GMO ingredients with the words “produced with genetic engineering.” Oregon’s… read more

Nov
6

Voters in Colorado and Oregon on Tuesday rejected ballot initiatives that would have required “produced with genetic engineering” labels on grocery store foods containing genetically modified ingredients, or GMOs. Score two for rational thinking, though fear-mongering about the agricultural innovation known as genetic modification will no doubt continue. Oregon’s Measure 92, which lost by less… read more

Nov
5

Just a year ago, a New York Times survey found that 93 percent of Americans support labeling of food products that contain genetically-modified ingredients (GMOs). Yet as of this writing, the morning after voters in Colorado and Oregon decided two high-profile ballot initiatives on the issue, proponents of GMO labeling are facing the prospect of… 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

Nov
5

Colorado and Oregon GMO Labeling Initiatives Voted Down The Coalition for Safe Affordable Food (CFSAF) today applauded the outcomes of GMO labeling initiatives in Colorado and Oregon and called on Congress to enact a national labeling solution. “The voters in Colorado and Oregon were right to reject the scare tactics of extremist groups intent on… read more

Oct
27

If you can’t beat them, ask the government to stigmatize them. That’s the adage in Oregon and Colorado, where organic-farming interests posing as champions of consumer transparency are hoping to persuade voters to approve ballot initiatives on Nov. 4 requiring costly and useless food labels. Oregon’s Measure 92 and Colorado’s Proposition 105 would force food… 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

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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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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