State Activity

Vermont

Jun
6

VT Preps For GMO Labeling Law To Take Effect Rachel Aragon WVNY Vermont passed its GMO labeling law in 2014. It goes into effect in less than a month. But there’s still a lot of questions. “I had a call about 15 minutes from a producer that sells fresh duck eggs, I said easy question,… read more

Aug
18

Food Labeling, Hollywood-style By Joanna Lidback Washington Times The first clue that Gwyneth Paltrow didn’t know what she was talking about on Capitol Hill earlier this month came with the first words she spoke: “I’m here as a mother.” Apparently, the actress thinks that any mom can show up in Washington and hold a press… read more

Jun
23

GMO Labeling Could Put Farmers Out Of Business Joanna Lidback Burlington Free Press As a mother of two small kids, I look at food labels all the time. My top two concerns are sugar content, especially in juices, and types of fat in everything. As a farmer in Vermont, I’m worried that a senseless food… read more

Jun
1

UVM Medical Center Kitchen Reducing GMOs By Sally Pollak Burlington Free Press University of Vermont Medical Center serves two million meals a year, and is a national leader in purchasing, preparing and serving healthful foods at hospitals. Of those two million meals, 85 percent are served to nonpatients, including employees and hospital visitors, said Diane… read more

May
7

The Wall Street Journal By Pamela G. Bailey Chipotle made headlines last week after the company’s dubious decision to remove genetically modified ingredients from the food at its 1,800 stores. Less noticed was a federal judge’s decision in Vermont that could wreak havoc on the national food supply and allow anti-GMO pseudoscience to be enshrined in… read more

Apr
20

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Claire Parker 202.677.7699 press@cfsaf.org Date: April 20, 2015 Rules Regulating Vermont Act 120 Exempt Transparency, Increase Consumer Uncertainty (Washington, D.C) – The Coalition for Safe Affordable Food released the following statement after Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell formally adopted the regulations associated with Vermont Act 120, which requires the mandatory labeling… 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
24

The added costs imposed by mandatory labeling for genetically-modified organisms could increase the price of food to consumers, while driving smaller farms out of business, according to Vermont dairy farmer Joanna Lidback. In addition, the use of GMO crops is important to her farm’s economic sustainability, she said. In testimony presented Tuesday before the House… read more

Mar
24

For Immediate Release (Washington, D.C.) – The Coalition for Safe Affordable Food (CFSAF) said today’s productive hearing of the House Agriculture Committee on biotechnology demonstrates the need for a national, consistent labeling standard and the growing bipartisan support for science-based food labeling legislation. “Today’s hearing once again demonstrates the clear appetite among members of both… 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

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

Dec
9

Proponents of mandatory labels for genetically modified (GM) food in the United States claim to be motivated by the interests of the consumer. They argue that labeling all foods as “may contain GMO” or “GM-free” would help consumers understand what they eat. GM labels, they say, would also give greater choice, allowing consumers to avoid… 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
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
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
9

Under a new Vermont law, the Arnolds will likely be required to place a label on their old-fashioned confection that says, “Produced With Genetic Engineering.” That’s because the family company uses Karo Light corn syrup to make the candy. Processed ingredients like corn syrup are often made with genetically engineered crops, and under a new… 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
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

Sep
15

State governments are taking the matter into their own hands because the federal government currently has little to say on the issue. The U.S. approach to regulating GMOs is premised on the assumption that regulation should focus on the nature of the products, rather than the process in which they were produced — which is… read more

Aug
29

Since Vermont passed the nation’s first mandatory GMO labeling law in April — and Connecticut and Maine followed with passage of similar laws that would take effect if other states climb onboard the anti-GMO bandwagon — industry has pushed back with a court challenge to prevent Vermont, or other individual states, from requiring such labeling.… read more

May
10

VERMONT banned slavery before the rest of America, back in 1777, and local greens talk like they have just achieved something comparable. “We’re first again,” exults Will Allen, a delighted organic farmer, as the Green Mountain state prepares to require labelling of foods containing genetically modified (GM) ingredients. As The Economist went to press Peter… 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

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

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