State Activity

Minnesota

Jun
13

New Food Law ‘Would Wreck Red River Valley,’ Ag Advocate Warns Don Davis In Forum A Vermont law could kill western Minnesota’s sugar beet industry, a farmer warns. “It probably would wreck the Red River Valley,” President Karolyn Zurn of Minnesota Agriwomen told reporters on a Friday conference call. The unusual connection between a Vermont… read more

Mar
4

Bill Outlawing State GMO Labeling Laws Passes Senate Committee Jim Spencer Star Tribune In a move that sparked outrage from consumer advocates and praise from the food industry, the Senate Agriculture Committee approved a bill Tuesday that would stop states from requiring food labels to note the presence of genetically modified organisms (GMO). Minnesota Sen.… read more

Jan
26

Counterpoint: Labeling For Genetic Modification Conjures An Absurdly Slippery Slope Douglas Allchin Star Tribune It would be better to avoid generalizations and consider GM foods in context. Our public policies should be informed by clear science, not emotions shaped by vague impressions. Yes, let’s label all genetically modified foods (“Battle over GMO food labels in… read more

Jan
15

Beet Sugar Is Safe, But GM Pandering Is Not Kyle Peterson StarTribune The recent report that Hershey Co. will stop buying beet sugar (“Hershey says ‘bye’ to beet sugar,” Dec. 28) because it comes from genetically modified (GM) seeds was disappointing, because the decision had nothing to do with the safety of beet sugar produced… read more

Nov
3

Rice, Global Warming And GMOs As A Solution Ashley Pederson Southside Pride Rice is the single most important grain worldwide for human nutrition.  Rice accounts for one- fifth of all calories consumed.  As a hippie child I learned the macro-biotic diet was the healthiest way to eat; as a result I hated brown rice and… read more

Oct
16

Borgerdings Store Plentiful Organic Feedstuffs For Dairy Herd Andrea Johnson Minnesota Farm Guide Four months of harvesting were coming to a close at Borgerding Organic Dairy farm. With 180 milk cows and another 160 heifers and livestock in the operation, the dairy is almost set for feedstuffs to last until the 2016 harvesting season begins.… read more

Oct
8

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Claire Parker 202.677.7699 press@cfsaf.org October 8, 2015 Minnesota Members of CFSAF Tell Congress of Urgent Need For Uniform, National Food Labeling Standard WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representatives of Minnesota’s agriculture and food sectors came to Capitol Hill yesterday to urge passage by Congress of a uniform, national labeling standard for foods made… read more

Sep
18

Minnesota Young Farm Bureau Members Talk Issues In DC By Mark Dorenkamp Brownfield Ag News A group of 28 young Minnesota Farm Bureau members traveled to Washington DC this week to discuss ag issues. Katie Miron of Washington County says the next stop on the trip is to EPA. “To talk about the Waters of… read more

Aug
27

Science Shows Crops Are Safe — To All But Activists Star Tribune Robert Wagner Several points made by Phyllis Kahn (“I support labeling, but not for the most-cited reasons,” Aug. 26) require discussion. This debate is not between activists and “agricultural scientists,” but between activists and every national food safety authority, every national health authority… read more

Aug
27

Safe And Accurate Food Labeling Act Needs To Keep Progressing Karolyn Zurn (LTE) Marshall Independent The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act with broad, bipartisan support. This legislation will create a uniform, science-based labeling policy for foods made with genetically modified organisms (GMOs), protecting consumer choice and bringing… read more

Jun
23

GMO Food Is Safe, Scientist Says Jonathan Knutson West Central Tribune Despite what its critics claim, genetically modified food poses no threat to humans or the environment, says a scientist who supports proposed federal legislation backed by major U.S. farm groups. “They (GMOs) have been on the market since 1991, and we’ve not seen any… read more

Jun
11

Genetic Engineering: Not Just Science Fiction By Anat Naik Minnesota Daily In 1997, the movie “Gattaca” was released, showing the concept of eugenics. In the film, children were genetically engineered to have the best characteristics of their parents. Movies like this led many people to fear how far science would push boundaries in the name… read more

May
22

By Dave Ladd Sun This Week (Apple Valley, MN) To the editor: Republican or Democrat, most people in Minnesota will agree that public policy decisions should be made based upon sound science rather than hyperbole and emotion. Unfortunately that does not seem to be the case when it comes to foods produced utilizing advanced agricultural… read more

Feb
23

Near the start of the 2015 legislative session, Rep. Karen Clark, DFL-Minneapolis, and Sen. John Marty, DFL-Roseville, introduced joint bills that would require companies that produce and distribute food to stores in Minnesota to provide special labels if their ingredients are genetically modified. Genetically modified organisms are manipulated by food engineers to grow better, last… read more

Dec
8

Five Twin Cities school districts recently held GMO awareness day, but as media and others’ awareness of the event spreads across the Internet, there’s been a backlash. “My boss and I have been inundated with e-mails and calls from people from around the country and the time it takes to respond to each person is… read more

Feb
18

Just ask General Mills. As one of the world’s largest makers of consumer food products, the Minneapolis-based company has hefty buying power in the marketplace for corn, soy, sugar, oats, and other commodities needed for its packaged food products. But when the company announced last month that its 70-year-old “yellow box” Cheerios would be made… 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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