BIOTECHNOLOGY

GMO Labeling

 

NCGA has joined with food producers and others, as part of the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food, to recommend a federal-based solution to the GMO labeling issue.

 

We believe a 50‐state patchwork of GMO labeling policies would mislead consumers, raise the price of groceries for American families and do nothing to advance food safety. Our nation’s food safety and labeling laws should not be set by political campaigns or state and local legislatures, but by the Food and Drug Administration, the nation’s foremost food safety agency.

 

We are doing this because we need federal standards for the FDA’s safety review of GMO technology and labeling, so that consumers and food and beverage manufacturers have consistent national regulations that they can count on.

 

Biotech Benefits

 

NCGA has a strong interest in the availability of new technologies to enhance the sustainability, productivity and competitiveness of U.S. agriculture. Agricultural biotechnology allows corn growers to increase yields while decreasing inputs. Meeting demand, improving processes and minimizing environmental impacts are what make modern corn production a dynamic industry.

 

In addition, NCGA continues its services to educate farmers about biotech issues related to their work. This includes helping growers meet refuge requirements via the Insect Resistance Management Calculator and combat herbicide resistance issues through the “Take Action on Weeds” web-based resource. Also, our Know Before You Grow database helps growers see clearly what international markets accept corn from the seed they are considering purchasing.

 

A Tested Crop

 

GM seeds take an average of 13 years to bring to market because of extensive research as well as regulatory approvals conducted by the USDA, EPA and FDA, and dozens of other regulatory agencies around the world. Scientific authorities such as the U.S. National Academies of Science, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Health Organization, the American Medical Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science have looked at hundreds of scientific studies and have concluded that foods with biotech-derived ingredients do not pose any more risks to people than any other foods.

 

Recommended Action: We urge Congress to pass the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, H.R. 4432.