07-14-16 CCGA thanks Congress for passing nationwide GMO-labeling standards, now urging presidential action

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CCGA thanks Congress for passing nationwide GMO-labeling standards,
now urging presidential action

The Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA) and many others today are praising the U.S. House of Representatives for its passage of S. 764.

“CCGA, the National Corn Growers Association and other representatives of the agriculture industry want to thank Chairmen Conaway and Roberts, Ranking Members Peterson and Stabenow, Congressmen Pompeo and Butterfield, and all of the members of Congress, from both sides of the aisle, who worked together to pass this bill,” said CCGA President Dave Eckhardt, who represents the fourth generation to operate his family’s farm near LaSalle, Colo. “We’d also like to specifically recognize Congressman Doug Lamborn for voting on behalf of Colorado’s ag industry today, as well as our U.S. Senators from Colorado, Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner, for their support of the bill in recent weeks, which helped get this measure from the Senate to the House in a timely manner for a vote.”   

Corn farmers and other ag producers are now calling upon President Obama to quickly sign this bill into law, thus avoiding the negative impacts of Vermont’s law that’s set to go into effect this month.

Studies show Vermont’s GMO-labeling law and a subsequent patchwork of differing state laws would not only cause confusion for both food producers and consumers, but also raise food prices, costing families hundreds of dollars more in groceries each year, which would be especially hard-hitting to low-income families.

Once signed, S. 764 – which passed the House today by a 306-117 vote – will stop implementation of the Vermont mandatory GMO-labeling law, and prevent other states from passing similar bills.

In addition to preventing food-price hikes and confusion, S. 764 also gives consumers information they want about their food, while ensuring labels do not place an unwarranted stigma on GMOs. The bill requires food producers to disclose information on GMO ingredients, but provides different ways they can do that. For example, producers can include text or a symbol identifying GMO ingredients, or can include a QR code that links out to more information on those ingredients.

“This measure is critical to both food producers and consumers,” Eckhardt continued. “We’re very appreciative that a compromise could be reached where consumers have the access to product information without stigmatizing GMOs – a scientifically proven technology that serves as a vital tool for farmers in our quest to feed the world, and produce food that’s safe and affordable.”

Colorado Corn, based in Greeley, is made up of the Colorado Corn Growers Association and Colorado Corn Administrative Committee. The Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA) is comprised of dues-paying members who are politically active, focusing on policy that impacts corn producers and agriculture in general. The Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) oversees how Colorado’s corn check-off dollars (one penny per bushel of corn produced in the state) are spent on research, market development, outreach, education and other various endeavors. See more about the work of the two organizations atwww.coloradocorn.com.