6-Regulation: American Corn Growers Association supports newlegislative initiative on GMOs
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TITLE: Corn Growers Endorse Kucinich Initiatives On Genetically
Engineered Food & Crops
SOURCE: American Corn Grower Association
DATE: Jul 28, 2003
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Corn Growers Endorse Kucinich Initiatives On Genetically Engineered Food
ACGA Urges Lawmakers to Cosponsor and Support Six Legislative Measures
WASHINGTON - July 28, 2003 - The American Corn Growers Association (ACGA)
has endorsed several legislative initiatives introduced by Congressman
Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, to improve the rights of farmers and consumers
in the area of genetically engineered (GE) foods, crops, and livestock.
Kucinich recently introduced six bills in the United States House of
Representatives (H.R. 2916, H.R. 2917, H.R. 2918, H.R. 2919, H.R. 2920
and H.R 2921).
When passed and enacted, the new laws will;
- Improve protection for farmers and ranchers against powerful biotech
companies and restore farmers' traditional right to save seed;
- Require food companies to label all foods containing ingredients from
GE plants or animals;
- Improve the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) oversight and testing
of GE foods;
- Requires new regulations on the production of pharmaceutical crops to
help provide safeguards against contamination of human food;
-Clarify and reform liability and other legal issues associated with GE
crops and foods; and
- Expand research to help developing nations better feed themselves.
"These initiatives will help family farmers and ranchers through these
awkward times as new technologies advance quicker than do the laws
protecting those farmers and ranchers," said Larry Mitchell, Chief
Executive Officer of ACGA. "It will also provide our customers, both
domestic and international, the information and confidence they need in
order to remain our customers. I commend Representative Kucinich for his
leadership and point out that these issues are why ACGA operates our
Farmer Choice-Customer First program. We also urge other members of the
House of Representatives support and cosponsor the six bills."
ACGA's Farmer Choice-Customer First provides unbiased, honest, and
objective information to the nation's corn producers. By having access to
this information, farmers can make educated decisions about what
varieties of seed to plant and how best to market them. Farmer Choice-
Customer First understands that American farmers believe our foreign and
domestic customers are always right, even if they may not be right for
the reasons many in the production sector desire. It is the
responsibility of U.S. farmers to grow what the customer demands and what
the customer will buy.
American Corn Growers Association represents over 14,000 members in 35
states. See www.acga.org.
titels and internet references of the six bills:
1) To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, the Federal Meat
Inspection Act, and the Poultry Products Inspection Act to require that
food that contains a genetically engineered material, or that is produced
with a genetically engineered material, be labeled accordingly.
2) To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to the
safety of genetically engineered foods, and for other purposes.
3) To provide additional protections for farmers and ranchers that may be
harmed economically by genetically engineered seeds, plants, or animals,
to ensure fairness for farmers and ranchers in their dealings with
biotech companies that sell genetically engineered seeds, plants, or
animals, and for other purposes.
4) To assign liability for injury caused by genetically engineered organisms.
5) To ensure that efforts to address world hunger through the use of
genetically engineered animals and crops actually help developing
countries and peoples while protecting human health and the environment,
and for other purposes.
6) To prohibit the open-air cultivation of genetically engineered
pharmaceutical and industrial crops, to prohibit the use of common human
food or animal feed as the host plant for a genetically engineered
pharmaceutical or industrial chemical, to establish a tracking system to
regulate the growing, handling, transportation, and disposal of
pharmaceutical and industrial crops and their byproducts to prevent
human, animal, and general environmental exposure to genetically
engineered pharmaceutical and industrial crops and their byproducts, and
for other purposes.
European NGO Network on Genetic Engineering
Hartmut MEYER (Mr)
Kleine Wiese 6
D - 38116 Braunschweig