State Activity

New York

Feb
26

NY Farm Bureau Makes It Case To Congress Jim Krencik The Daily News It would have been rather crowded in the Capitol Building if all 2,300 New York Farm Bureau members and 200,000 of the state’s farm workers came down for a visit. But NYFB President Dean Norton of Elba and Associate Director of National… read more

Feb
23

Joe Regenstein Touts Benefits Of GMOs Amanda Bosworth Cornell Chronicle Consumer fears about genetically modified food are mostly misplaced, according to Cornell professor emeritus of food science Joe Regenstein ’65, M.S. ’66, who spoke to an audience of 70 at Mann Library Feb. 18. After all, he said, agriculture has never been natural. Farmers have… read more

Feb
19

Food Science Prof Defends GMOs As Essential To Food Production Zachary Kaplan The Cornell Daily Sun Prof. Emeritus Joe Regenstein ’66, food science, outlined arguments in defense of creating and using genetically modified organisms in food production before an audience of nearly 50 Cornellians Thursday. Regenstein presented research in his recently coauthored book, Genetic Modification… read more

Feb
19

Conspiracy Theorists Spin The News Fred Grimm Times Union You know — because anyone with access to social media knows — that it was Obama’s secret hit squad of pillow-wielding assassins who took out Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. The timing of the “murder” seems a bit curious, so late in his second term that… read more

Oct
6

Seeds Of Doubt: Consumers Should Distinguish Fact From Fiction On GMO Items Watertown Daily News Editorial Board More people have expressed a desire to increase their knowledge about how their food is produced. This is a good development in that it makes them better informed as consumers. It also requires food producers to be more… read more

Sep
1

Replacing Pesticides With Genetics Devin Powell The New York Times Every spring, a host of unwelcome visitors descends on the Hansen farm in upstate New York. Diamondback moths blown in from the South threaten rows of cabbages to be sold for slaw and sauerkraut. The moths can’t be fought off with a single insecticide. Workers… read more

Aug
17

Federal Food Labeling Bill Clears Up Confusion By Dean Norton (LTE) Times Union The Times Union’s opposition to the “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015″ baffles me (“Congress’ junk food bill,” Aug. 2). Your reasoning claims the science behind GMOs is not settled. That is wrong. There is overwhelming consensus in the scientific… read more

Aug
14

Food Labeling Laws FDA’s Department By Rick Zimmerman Times Union The U.S. House of Representatives got it right and the Times Union Editorial Board got it wrong (“Congress’ junk food bill, Aug. 2). Food labeling laws should be in the hands of the Food Drug Administration, just as they currently are. State-by-state initiatives, as pointed… read more

Aug
3

Arguments In Anti-GMO Letter Show Scientific Illiteracy (Your Letters) By Corinne Converse (LTE) Post-Standard To the Editor: I’m writing in response to Madis Senner’s letter from July 30th in which she expresses disappointment in John Katko’s lack of support for GMO labeling. She cites a poll in which 93 percent of a sample of about… read more

Jul
8

There Is No Evidence GMO Foods Are Unsafe By Richard Swank Buffalo News In their recent Another Voice article, Lynda Schneekloth and Eveline Hartz question whether genetically modified (GMO) foods are safe to eat. There is, in fact, no credible evidence that ingesting GMO foods is dangerous to our health. GMO foods have been safely… read more

Dec
24

“If you don’t let out the steam they explode,” Maynard explained, slitting three chestnuts with a pocket knife before putting them in the lab microwave. I asked if I could try a transgenic one, but Powell said he’d have to get FDA approval first. The resulting treat was starchy, with the texture of a chickpea,… read more

Dec
4

Last night, about 450 people packed into New York City’s Kaufman Center to hear a genetics professor and Monsanto’s chief technology officer debate against researchers who are against the use of any genetic engineering technology. Among the audience members were writers for environmental magazines, a well-known biologist who had invented major genetic techniques, and Bill… read more

Nov
20

Susan Freinkel, in her excellent book “American Chestnut: The Life, Death, and Rebirth of a Perfect Tree,” describes how, in the fall, when the nuts were sometimes inches deep on the ground, families used to gather them for their own use and to sell. Livestock was let loose to eat their fill. People who didn’t… 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
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

Sep
23

New York Families & Farmers Benefit From Support The Coalition for Safe Affordable Food (CFSAF) today applauded Representative Chris Collins (R-NY-27) for cosponsoring the bipartisan Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, which will establish national labeling standards for food and beverage products and eliminate the potential confusion and bureaucratic, costly red tape stemming from a… read more

May
16

The labeling law would increase food costs for a family of four by an average of $500 annually. Of the three labeling compliance options in the state, the midpoint value is $224 or $1.1 billion annually for all New Yorkers. It’s not only families who will be shelling out more for food. The state could… read more

May
15

(Washington, D.C.)—As food prices continue to rise for families across the country, a new study from Cornell University this week revealed that New York’s proposed mandatory GMO labeling bill would cost families an average of $500 per year at the checkout aisle. The study comes on the heels of similar studies in Washington state and… 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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