State Activity

Kansas

Jun
9

Milk Producers To Talk GMO’s On Capitol Hill Melissa Gregory St. Joseph Post As Congress is back in session this week, dairy producers and dairy cooperative officials will be there to discuss GMO labeling. Politico reports the National Milk Producers Federation members want a bill that establishes a national labeling standard that trumps state laws… read more

May
10

GMO Labeling Bill Still Stalled In The Senate Larry Dreiling High Plains Journal The clock is still ticking on the July 1 enactment of the Vermont law requiring mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically modified organisms, but leadership of the Senate Agriculture Committee say they’re out to end the congressional stalemate on a bill… read more

Mar
29

GMO Dominoes Seymour Klierly High Plain Journal Things are relatively quiet here in Washington. The Senate is on a two-week recess, but the House is in session. After a wild week for agriculture in the Senate recently, this break from legislating is well deserved. Recently, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican who also… read more

Mar
25

Sen. Roberts Continues To Fight For Family Farms Zippy Duvall Winfield Daily Courier Senator Pat Roberts has been a tremendous leader in working to pass a uniform, national voluntary labeling standard for foods produced with agricultural biotechnology. Last week his bill, which offered a common-sense solution to an urgent problem and would have secured the… read more

Mar
8

Science Rolls Ahead Of GMO Policy Debate Sara Wyant High Plains Journal In Washington, ag and food interests are focused like a laser beam on a bill that would potentially pre-empt a Vermont law that requires food companies to label many foods containing genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. That law is scheduled to take effect… read more

Feb
11

‘Contains GMOs’ Is A Label Industry Can Be Proud Of Joe Guenthner The Packer Monkey wrench. Imagine a law that would require dealers to label their cars with bumper stickers indicating the tools used to make the cars. Further imagine that a mechanic used an adjustable wrench, also known as a monkey wrench, to tighten… read more

Jan
26

Seeds Of Hope In Journalism Holly Martin High Plains Journal Very often I use this space to discuss various people, companies and news outlets that do a poor job of talking about controversial topics in agriculture. We’ve discussed Humane Society of the United States, Dr. Oz, Food Babe, Chipotle and the list goes on. So… read more

Jan
20

Mega Food Vs. Vermont Seymour Klierly High Plains Journal You may have heard that Campbell, the U.S. food company that owns Pepperidge Farm, Prego and V8, recently decided to label all their foods containing genetically modified food products. The mockup label is a tiny couple of lines of text on the back of packages that… read more

Nov
5

Senate Agriculture Committee Holds Biotechnology Hearing Larry Dreiling High Plains Journal Sen. Pat Roberts, R-KS, chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, Oct. 21 held a hearing on agriculture biotechnology with federal regulators and perspectives from producers and consumers. “This is the first time in 10 years this committee has held a… read more

Oct
14

When It Comes To GMO Labeling, Use National Standard Raylen Phelon Topeka Capital-Journal Use national standard Soybean farmers are concerned about labeling GMO foods. Every major scientific and health organization has thoroughly studied GMOs (genetically modified organisms) and affirmed their safety. About 75 percent of our food contains GMOs, and we have eaten them for… read more

Aug
17

Anti-GMO Labeling Group Airing Television Ads In Kansas By Justin Wingerter Topeka Capital Journal A coalition of agricultural groups is airing television ads in Kansas as part of an effort to bolster support for contentious legislation barring states from enacting mandatory GMO labeling laws. The Coalition for Safe Affordable Food began running ads late last… read more

Aug
11

Rep. Pompeo: GMO’s Safe And Don’t Need Labeling By Chris Frank KAKE ABC Kansas 4th District U.S. Representative Mike Pompeo says historically food safety labeling is handled at the national level. The Wichita republican says, “We have historically done food safety at the national level. We shouldn’t vary that because a small minority of folks… read more

Jul
8

Pass Pompeo’s GMO Labeling Bill By Courier Editorial Staff Winfield Daily Courier Congressman Mike Pompeo is on the right track when it comes to genetically modified foods. A bill he sponsors would establish a voluntary, nationwide system for the labeling of “GMOs.” Some consumer and environmental groups strongly oppose Pompeo’s proposal. They say, rightly, that… read more

Jun
9

No-Fear Farming By Katie Stockstill Sawyer The McPherson Sentinel I’ll just come out and say it. We’re one of those big, scary farms that raises GMO crops. Yes, my husband and his father use GMO corn and soybean seeds to help ensure they can produce more with less and have a crop each year to… read more

Apr
20

Rep. Brenda Lawrence, a Michigan Democrat, has signed on as a cosponsor to Rep. Mike Pompeo’s Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, bringing the total number of Democrats up to nine out of the 28 lawmakers signed onto the measure. That’s a considerably greater proportion of bipartisanship over last year, when the bill ended the… read more

Apr
12

Celebrating science and advancements in biotechnology, Governor Sam Brownback has declared the week of April 13 as Biotechnology Awareness Week in Kansas. Producing some of the nation’s finest crops, Kansas farmers work diligently to provide consumers with a safe, nutritious and sustainably produced product, while serving as conscientious stewards of land and water. With the… read more

Apr
8

U.S. farmers make up approximately 1.5 percent of the population. They are the most credible source of information about production details, the inputs used, and the challenges faced. However, they are not active in social media. Of course, there are notable exceptions, one featured here today. On the other hand there is Moms Across America,… read more

Apr
5

Citing a need for consistent and credible messaging, the American Farm Bureau Federation again voiced its support for legislation that would give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authority on the use and labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients. “State-led mandatory food labeling initiatives mislead consumers about the safety of GM foods, even though… read more

Apr
1

Dear Editor, Do you remember the drought we had last summer, and the summer before that? Now imagine what would have happened if Kansas farmers didn’t have drought tolerant seed. Farmers wouldn’t have a harvest, food companies would have less product to sell and Kansans would all be paying higher grocery prices. Thankfully, GMOs (genetically… read more

Mar
26

The Agricultural Retailers Association, the American Soybean Association and the National Grain and Feed Association were three of the first organizations to issue strong support for federal legislation introduced on Wednesday that will create a national, science-based labeling standard for foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). These groups along with most farming and commodity organizations… read more

Mar
26

Several ag industry groups praised the bill, which would bypass states’ attempts at creating individual labeling standards that many group representatives said could complicate product creation and distribution, while adding costs. The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 instead provides for a voluntary labeling standard, but asks the U.S. Food and Drug Administration… read more

Mar
25

Urges Passage of Bill to Eliminate Consumer Confusion and Advance Food Safety (Washington, D.C.)—The Coalition for Safe Affordable Food today praised the introduction of bipartisan legislation to set a federal uniform labeling standard for food and beverage products made with genetically modified ingredients (GMOs) and called on Congress to adopt the critically important bill this… 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

Feb
9

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture on Feb. 3 passed a resolution to support a “national uniform labeling policy for foods derived from genetic engineering” and to reaffirm the Food and Drug Administration as “the authority in uniform food labeling.” The measure does not specifically support the bill introduced by Rep. Mike Pompeo,… read more

Feb
9

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway, R-Texas, discussed a wide range of issues Feb. 3 in a speech to the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture Winter Policy Conference and in remarks to reporters afterward. He said U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will testify before the committee Feb. 11 and Commodity Futures Trading Commission… read more

Feb
9

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture have passed a resolution supporting a national uniform labeling policy for genetically modified foods. South Dakota Agriculture Secretary Lucas Lentsch says a national standard is needed to overcome all the problems caused by different and diverse state regulations that hamper bio technology. Lentsch says G-M-0 foods are… 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
17

I am a lifelong dairy farmer. Recently, the labeling of GMO (genetically modified organism) foods has received national attention. I believe that H.R. 4432, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2014, provides a commonsense answer. This proposed legislation would assure that GMO foods are properly tested by the Food and Drug Administration before… read more

Dec
13

As a former businessman, I look for commonsense, conservative solutions to the challenges facing Kansans. So when I was approached by Kansas farmers who were facing new regulations from local governments around the country, I went to work. To help them, I introduced the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act (SAFLA). It’s aimed squarely at… read more

Dec
12

With the holiday shopping season upon us, American consumers are taking advantage of plummeting gas prices—hoping they are here to stay for a while. Less money in the tank means more gifts under the tree or more savings in the bank account. While prices are currently headed south, American families know from experience that slight… 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

As the 113th session of Congress winds to a close, activity on Capitol Hill is bustling, with members of Congress working to address the most critical issues facing the country. To that end, members of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health held a critical hearing this week on a subject important to all… read more

Sep
30

Writing in the October issue of the Journal of Animal Science, in the most comprehensive study of GMOs ever conducted, University of California-Davis Department of Animal Science geneticist Alison Van Eenennaam reviewed nearly 30 years of livestock productivity and health data from both before and after the introduction of genetically engineered animal feed. What does the new science tell… read more

May
6

Advocates of genetic engineering disclosure are enthusiastically but perhaps prematurely celebrating Vermont’s anticipated May 8 enactment of the nations first operative labeling disclosure requirement for foods that are themselves, or by ingredient, the product of a genome modified by human intervention. Vermont’s law also would the use of the word “natural” or comparable “natural” descriptors… read more

Apr
29

Kansas 4th District Congressman Mike Pompeo joined us on Tuesday’s Ag Issues program.  The Congressman introduced the “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2014″ (HR 4432), that would establish a federal labeling standard for foods with genetically modified ingredients, giving sole authority to the Food and Drug Administration to require mandatory labeling on such foods… read more

Apr
9

Legislation Would Protect Consumers by Eliminating Confusion and Advancing Food Safety (Washington, D.C.)—The Coalition for Safe Affordable Food today applauded Reps. Mike Pompeo and G.K. Butterfield for their introduction of the bipartisan Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, to establish a federal labeling standard for food and beverage products made with genetically modified ingredients (GMOs).… 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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