State Activity

Illinois

Apr
20

Students Talk To Students About GMOs Lenore Sobota The Pantagraph Members of Illinois State University’s Collegiate Farm Bureau reached out to fellow students Monday with information about agriculture in general and genetically modified organisms in particular. “A lot of people just aren’t informed,” said senior Hailey Hoegger, an agricultural business and landscape management major from… read more

Oct
12

Coalition Urges Congress To Pass National Labeling Standard Deana Stroisch Farm Week Now A group of Illinois farmers, food distributors and business leaders joined more than 100 others on Capitol Hill this week to lobby for a voluntary, national food labeling standard. In all, nearly 150 people from 22 states participated in the GMO fly-in… read more

Oct
2

Monsanto Claims News GMO Corn Produces Bigger Ears Robert Holly Illinois Public Media A foot-long ear of corn would grow an extra inch or two. And while that seems like a small gain, it’s a big deal considering corn is used for everything from animal feed and fuel to soda and cereal. Joe Walsh, Monsanto’s… read more

Sep
24

Letter: Bad Influence Of Internet, Social Media By Chuck Johnson The Herald News (Joliet, IL) To the Editor: I often have protested the Internet’s and social media’s impact on people’s ability to have rational thought. Preposterous ideas are put out and taken as truthful. A great example is vaccinations. A discredited Ph.D. got his research… read more

Aug
24

Farmer Says Federal Labeling Law Needed For Gmos Isabella Chism Chicago Tribune I farm with my family in Howard County, growing corn, soybeans and sweet corn. As the fifth generation farming our land, we make decisions every day about the care of our crops and the health of our soil. These decisions determine our production… read more

Aug
21

Farmer Says Federal Labeling Law Needed For GMOs By Isabella Chism Chicago Tribune I farm with my family in Howard County, growing corn, soybeans and sweet corn. As the fifth generation farming our land, we make decisions every day about the care of our crops and the health of our soil. These decisions determine our… read more

Aug
17

Davis Calls For National Standard Of GMO Labeling By Will Stevenson Illinois Radio Network Differences of opinion continue on whether or not food with genetically-modified organisms despite Congressional approval of a voluntary national labeling standard. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) said he doesn’t get why GMOs are such a major issue because they can cover a… read more

Aug
13

Davis On GMO’s By Will Stevenson Illinois Radio Network Differences of opinion continue on whether or not food with genetically-modified organisms despite Congressional approval of a voluntary national labeling standard. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) says he doesn’t get why GMOs are such a major issue because they can cover a lot of agricultural ground. “Science… read more

Jul
13

Grundy County-Area Farmers Debate GMO Benefits By Heidi Litchfield Morris Herald-News Paul and Donna Jeschke of Mazon have been farming for four decades and believe technological advancements made in corn and soybean seeds have helped make their farm successful. “The last two years, we have had the best yield. We’ve also had good prices,” Donna… read more

Jul
10

Priority Issues For GROWMARK By Cindy Zimmerman AgWired There is never any shortage of legislative and regulatory issues that could impact agricultural producers, which is why GROWMARK Executive Director for Corporate and Government Relations Chuck Spencer is a busy guy. I just happened to catch him in the office when I stopped by GROWMARK headquarters… read more

Jul
2

Davis Tours Biotech Research Facilities, Touts Voluntary GMO Labeling Bill By Jim Meadows Illinois Public Radio Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) says biotechnology is the key to feeding the world, and that he supports legislation that would pre-empt state restrictions on labeling genetically modified food. Davis found a friendly audience at the four central Illinois… read more

Jun
25

Federal Judge Sends GMO Corn Lawsuits Back To State Court By Chad Finley Legal Examiner: Chicago-Land More than a thousand Syngenta GMO corn lawsuits have been remanded to state court by U.S. District Judge John Lungstrum in Kansas. The remands happened quickly after last month’s ruling that rejected Syngenta’s argument for keeping the cases in… read more

Jun
15

Biotech Contributes To A Sustainable Future By Gerald Thompson Bloomington Pantagraph (Bloomington, IL) As a farmer, I care about growing safe, healthy food for my family and yours. I also care about protecting our environmentand natural resources. I grow corn and soybeans including some varieties of GMOs (genetically modified organisms), also known as biotech seeds.… read more

Jun
15

Labeling Of GM Food Unnecessary, Too Costly By Erin Gallagher The Chicago Tribune The hype opposing genetically modified foods can be effectively quashed by the many studies by legitimate, independent researchers around the world that have found them to be safe and nutritionally equal to non-GM food. In her May 31 guest commentary (“Do you… read more

May
18

By Will Schick The Register-Mail (Galesburg, IL) America is not running out of heroes, despite Tom Brady’s obvious cheating and his even more disgraceful denial of involvement. But athletes have always been a bad bet for sainthood. Shoeless Joe Jackson was not the first and Tom Brady will not be the last to stink up… read more

May
11

By Nick George Daily Herald (Chicago, IL) May 9, 2015 Currently, states across the nation are considering imposing labeling mandates for foods containing GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, creating a growing patchwork of labeling laws which threatens to harm interstate commerce, drive up the price of food and increase consumer confusion. It would be particularly… read more

Apr
24

Currently, states across the nation are considering imposing labeling mandates for foods containing genetically modified organisms, creating a growing patchwork of labeling laws that threatens to harm interstate commerce, drive up the price of food and increase consumer confusion. It would be particularly acute for Illinois where farmers rely on emerging technologies to help feed… read more

Apr
7

Researchers are determining ways to boost crop production through expanding benefits of photosynthesis and understanding how plants react with light There has never been a better time to try this, said University of Illinois plant biology professor Stephen P. Long, who co-wrote the report, which was published in the journal Cell. “We now know every… read more

Jan
22

Growing up on a grape farm in the Lake Erie “Grape Belt” in New York before settling in the Midwest offered Heather Guido a unique definition of agriculture. “When my husband and I moved to Chicago and told my friends that I was from a farm, they assumed I had animals,” Heather says. “I always… read more

Dec
27

In retort to Daniel Romano’s letter, “Government should require GMO labeling” (Dec. 17), everyone knows that non-GMO products are already labeled. There is no need to force anyone to redesign and reprint packaging of products that will only increase food cost. And anyone who has shopped at Whole Foods knows how expensive it is, thus,… read more

Jul
9

“It was important to hold this hearing on the benefits of biotechnology because the stakes are high and biotech has a great story to tell.  Our farmers have the vital job of feeding a growing world and biotechnology is part of the solution.  I’m excited for the future and believe the United States must continue… 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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