State Activity

Washington

Jun
8

In Our View: Steady Diet Of Information The Columbian Editorial Board Recent developments in food marketing reinforce the notion that Washington voters were correct to reject a GMO-labeling ballot measure in 2013. Initiative 522, which would have required a conspicuous label on the front of packaging when a product contained genetically modified organisms, was rejected… read more

May
1

By Bill Evans The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA) May 1, 2015 We have seen across the country states attempting to mandate that foods containing GMOs (genetically modified organisms) are labeled. Finally, legislation on the federal level, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, has been introduced to address this ill-conceived and irresponsible trend. First of all,… read more

Apr
20

The Washington congressional delegation should support Congressman Mike Pompeo’s Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act. The lack of federal action in past years has spurred states to create their own mandatory labeling standards. However, the federal government is the proper place for this regulation because consumers deserve to have accurate and reliable food labels in… 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

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
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
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
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

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

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
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

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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