State Activity

Texas

Mar
4

GMO Labeling Bill Moves Forward Texas Farm Bureau Staff Texas Farm Bureau A seven-page bipartisan bill that calls for a voluntary national standard for GMO labeling is moving forward. This morning, the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee voted 14 to 6 on Committee Chair Pat Roberts’ (R-Kansas) bill that would require the U.S. Department of Agriculture… read more

Feb
11

County Stays Out Of GMO Debate Jason Schoonover Austin Daily Herald The Mower County board is staying out of the GMO debate. The county unanimously voted Tuesday to take no action after it received a request to write a letter to Congress in support of more food labeling to denote genetically modified ingredients. However, county… read more

Oct
8

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Claire Parker 202.677.7699 press@cfsaf.org October 7, 2015 Texas Members of CFSAF Tell Congress of Urgent Need For Uniform, National Food Labeling Standard WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representatives of Texas’s agriculture and food sectors came to Capitol Hill today to urge passage by Congress of a uniform, national labeling standard for foods made… read more

Sep
16

US House Passes Ban On States’ Requiring GMO Labeling Mark Ramsey Texas GOP Vote The US House of Representatives passed a major bill that, if passed by the Senate and signed into law, would pre-empt States from enacting labeling laws relating to genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Another key provision is that any GMO food crop… read more

Sep
16

State Legislatures Urge Federal Support Of GMOs Bill Thopmson Politico Pro While Chipotle and Whole Foods are moving away from the use of genetically engineered ingredients, some Western States are getting vocal about their support of the crops. Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) took to the U.S. House floor earlier this week to introduce into the… read more

Sep
1

Anti-GMO Movement Dangerous To Food Security Daniel Hung (LTE) The Daily Texan Recently there has been a push to label food as GMO or non-GMO. Genetically modified organisms have been altered by genetic engineering, often to make them resistant to diseases and increase crop yield. Unfortunately this push is based on faulty science, similar to… read more

Sep
1

House Ag Chair Conaway Talks Food Stamps, Obama’s Honeybee ‘Infatuation’ During Lubbock Event By Josie Musico Lubbock Avalanche-Journal The federal food stamp program needs a closer look and possibly some adjustments, the U.S. House of Representatives’ agriculture committee chairman said Monday. Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Midland, talked a host of issues, including what he calls President… read more

Jun
8

Flawed Information By Don Smith Longview News-Journal A recent letter to the editor, “What you eat” (May 20), was mostly inaccurate and a disservice to readers. The author made the argument that foods containing genetically modified ingredients should be labeled, but the logic and reasoning she used was remarkably flawed. Genetically modified organisms have been… read more

Apr
10

Gene variations that could mean yield increases, drought tolerance and aflatoxin resistance will boost productivity in the years to come. A study included the growing years of 2011, a drought year, and 2012, on dryland and irrigated corn in College Station and in Mississippi, all with similar results, said Dr. Seth Murray, an AgriLife Research… read more

Apr
6

In developing countries where white rice is the dominant food, a half million pregnant women and young children become blind and two million die every year because of a Vitamin A deficiency. On a mission to use genetic engineering to benefit humankind, scientists have genetically modified one type of rice so the grain, not just… read more

Apr
2

The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, as introduced by U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., provides the best possible solution to the legislation that activists are pushing in states across the country that mandate foods containing genetically modified ingredients to be labeled. There is no reason to label foods with GMOs, since we have been… 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
19

Monsanto is hoping to soften the hearts of members of the general public by appealing to their stomachs. The agribusiness giant partnered with Dow Agrisciences this week to sponsor a GMO Answers booth at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, where representatives of the companies were handing out free potato chips and… read more

Mar
9

Helena Bottemiller Evich The debate over mandatory GMO labeling got its first spin in any presidential election cycle on Saturday with a resounding consensus of GOP presidential hopefuls coming out against it. All nine of the likely candidates who appeared at the Iowa Agriculture Summit — including Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Scott Walker and Ted… 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

Sep
13

Citrus greening, the plague that could wipe out Florida’s $9 billion orange industry, begins with the touch of a jumpy brown bug on a sun-kissed leaf. From there, the bacterial disease incubates in the tree’s roots, then moves back up the trunk in full force, causing nutrient flows to seize up. Leaves turn yellow, and… read more

Jan
22

It’s a complicated story, with lots of twists and turns.  But while the activists’ claims about a pesticide-caused “bee-pocalypse” have received wide publicity and generated widespread alarm, acceding to their demands – which are based on largely spurious and highly debatable science — could steal away the only technology currently available for keeping the U.S. citrus… 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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