07-06-16 ASTA Praises Senate Vote in Support of Food Disclosure Agreement…

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ASTA Praises Senate Vote in Support of Food Disclosure Agreement

Alexandria, Va.—July 6, 2016—The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) applauds the U.S. Senate for today’s bipartisan cloture vote on common sense legislation that ensures a transparent, uniform national food disclosure standard while protecting farmers and small businesses from the harmful consequences of a patchwork of state labeling laws.

“We commend Chairman Roberts and Ranking Member Stabenow for their leadership in moving this critical agreement forward,” said ASTA President & CEO Andrew LaVigne.  “The legislation is a common sense, practical solution to prevent the consequences of a costly and confusing patchwork of state food-labeling laws, like we’ve already seen set into motion in Vermont.”

With Vermont families already feeling some of the negative impacts of the state’s labeling law, in the form of limited consumer choice, ASTA is urging the U.S. Senate to pass S.764 as soon as possible, so the U.S. House can take it up next week.

Founded in 1883, the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) represents over 700 companies involved in seed production, plant breeding and related industries in North America. ASATA is an effective voice of action in all matters concerning the development, marketing and movement of seed, associated products and services throughout the world.   ASTA’s broad membership offers varieties from alfalfa to zucchini and all production types including conventional, organic and biotech. We promote the development of better seed to produce better crops for a better quality of life.