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Oregon

Aug
7

No Evidence That GMO Foods Are Hazardous (OPINION) By David Reingold The Oregonian Like almost everyone I know, I disagree with most of the editorials published in The Oregonian/OregonLive, and I wish our paper more closely reflected the values of our city. Nevertheless, I have to admit that last week’s editorial on GMOs was mostly… read more

Jul
30

Our View: GMO Labeling Doesn’t Answer The Right Questions By Editorial Board Portland Press Herald U.S. Reps. Chellie Pingree, D-1st District, and Bruce Poliquin, R-2nd District, rarely see eye to eye. But on the matter of GMO labeling, both agree that people deserve to know what’s in their food, and together, they’ve opposed a bill… read more

Jun
30

Letter: The Case For Genetic Engineering By P.M. deLaubenfels Corvallis Gazette-Times It’s a shame so many oppose genetic engineering because of misunderstanding. One recent letter writer even seemed to think Roundup was put into plants. Actually, genes are introduced that make the plant unaffected by Roundup. Genetic engineers don’t do anything nature hasn’t been doing… read more

Jun
15

Letter: Bill To Establish GMO Labeling Deserves Support In Congress By Balz Frei Corvallis Gazette-Times As director of the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, I was pleased that the voters of Benton County soundly rejected Measure 2-89 because it would have hurt OSU research, our economy, and agriculture in Benton County. GMO research… read more

May
26

By Alisha Shurr Capital Press Twenty-three years ago the U.S. Food and Drug Administration made a ground-breaking ruling on genetically engineered foods: They do not require a label. “Bioengineered foods did not meaningfully differ in substance or safety from other foods grown by traditional plant breeding process,” the FDA’s statement said. Since then, genetic engineering… read more

May
20

By Michelle Brence The Oregonian Voters outside the Portland metro area were deciding a range of issues Tuesday. Here are some highlights of results: Benton County: Voters soundly rejected a controversial measure — by 73 percent — to prohibit the use or cultivation of genetically modified organisms. The measure would have created a “right” to… read more

May
20

By Bennett Hall Corvallis Gazette-Times After a hard-fought campaign marked by contentious public forums, dueling yard signs and vitriolic letters to the editor, Benton County voters overwhelmingly rejected a ballot measure to ban genetically modified organisms on Tuesday. Measure 2-89, also known as the Benton County Local Food System Ordinance, was getting less than a… read more

May
5

By Bennett Hall Corvallis Gazette-Times May 3, 2015 In his third-floor laboratory in Richardson Hall, Oregon State University forestry professor Steven Strauss shows off his latest creation: genetically engineered poplar trees that can be propagated in a Petri dish but are incapable of reproducing in the field. Using a highly efficient new technique known as… read more

Apr
8

Shawn Mehlenbacher, the Oregon State University hazelnut breeder who developed varieties resistant to deadly Eastern Filbert Blight, says a Benton County ballot measure to prohibit genetically engineered organisms would restrict his research. Joseph Beckman, an OSU biochemistry and biophysics professor, believes he is closing in on a treatment for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, the… read more

Apr
1

Farmers throughout Corvallis and surrounding areas are ecstatic about a new, BT-free version of GMO corn, NewwCobb, that will be hitting the market this spring. “It may be too soon to tell, but it looks as though it might be much more profitable than growing beets,” said second generation farmer Jed Styles. GMO contamination has… read more

Mar
18

Congress is moving toward developing a uniform set of food labeling rules for food that uses GMOS, genetically modified organisms, an American Farm Bureau official told Ohio Farm Bureau Federation members on a three-day lobbying trip to Washington, D.C. Still yet to be decided: Whether labeling will be mandatory, as some lawmakers favor, or whether… 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
24

An Idaho lawmaker and farmer said the state should press the federal government to establish a national labeling system for genetically engineered foods before states create their own. Idaho hasn’t had a food labeling initiative like the ones in California, Washington and Oregon, but Republican Rep. Steven Miller, an organic hay farmer from Fairfield, said… read more

Jan
9

Activists pushing for mandated labeling of genetically modified (GM) foods are really pushing a disingenuous political agenda that will be both confusing and costly for consumers. For years, these activists have tried to insinuate there might be something risky about GM foods. However, the scientific consensus — built around countless studies and 7 trillion meals… 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

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

Frank Priestley, President of the Idaho Farm Bureau, notes that some consumers will benefit from GMO labeling laws – if those consumers are organic farmers and have an audience so educated by advertising that they will pay almost any price for ‘health’. No one was as surprised as farmers that a GMO warning label law,… 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
20

In Oregon, one of the nation’s most liberal states, the measure lost by a narrow margin. Many pundits thought a labeling bill had a good chance of passing there. In Colorado the measure was defeated by a two-to-one margin. Millions of dollars have been spent both advocating for GMO labeling and defending the status quo.… read more

Nov
20

Measure 92, which would have required labels for genetically engineered food products, appears to have failed this month, though a recount is possible. A similar measure failed in Colorado, too, extending a ballot-box losing streak that includes California (2012) and Washington (2013). Label-it Land is not a place of complete despair, however. This year’s result… 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

Nov
2

The term GMO refers to a group of scientific processes used to insert natural genes into living cells, thus helping to: cure diseases, make better foods, improve wood and to make plants resistant to herbicides and insect pests. Inserting existing natural genes into other organisms has existed in nature since viruses were invented, so GMO… read more

Oct
28

Sixty-four countries require some form of food labeling for GMOs — genetically modified organisms. U.S. manufacturers already include that label information on food exports to those countries. And the global trend is toward GMO labeling, just as nutrition labels have become ubiquitous. So the only good reason for supporting Measure 92 is to promote that… read more

Oct
28

The two sides in the debate on genetically engineered foods have turned Oregon into a battleground in a food fight with global implications. The decision for voters, however, should come down to what’s best for Oregon, not what message this state’s voters are sending to others around the world. And when we examine what we… 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

Jul
24

In response to news that an initiative requiring mandatory labeling of GMOs will be on the ballot in November, the Coalition for Safe and Affordable Food issued the following statement from spokeswoman Claire Parker: “A state-by-state patchwork of GMO labeling laws would badly disadvantage Oregon consumers, small farmers, food producers and grocers, all because of… read more

Jul
10

(Washington, D.C.)—Today, an increasingly discredited coalition of anti-GMO groups, led by Just Label It and the Environmental Working Group, went to Capitol Hill to join Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) in their misguided push for mandatory GMO labeling laws. Studies have found mandatory labeling laws will raise food costs for America’s families in the checkout aisle,… 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

Jun
1

Voters in two Oregon counties have chosen to outlaw the cultivation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the productive Rogue Valley. They are not the only ones going in the wrong direction. Several places in California, Hawaii, Maine and Washington state also have bans in place, though the Oregon counties are the first in which… read more

Feb
6

People who want to know more about genetically modified ingredients in their food would be able to get it on some packages, but not others, under a plan the industry is pushing. Large food companies worried they might be forced to add “genetically modified” to packaging are proposing voluntary labeling of those engineered foods, so… 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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