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Bill Banning State GMO-Labeling Laws Moves to House Floor

The U.S. House Agriculture Committee has approved a bill that would put an end to state-level laws regulating the labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food. The bill, H.R. 1599, or the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015, would require a national standard for labeling laws related to GMOs — one that did… Continue Reading

Witnesses Tell House Agriculture Committee GE Foods are Safe, Don’t Need Labels

All six witnesses at Tuesday’s House Committee on Agriculture hearing argued against mandatory biotechnology labeling laws. Most of their testimony praised the efficiency they believe GE crops provide to farmers and enumerated the costs they say labeling would inflict on farmers, manufacturers and consumers. But they also brought up the safety concerns surrounding GE food…. Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Remembering Thomas S. Foley, 1929-2013


Once my congressman was Tom Foley (D-WA). At the time, he also chaired the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture (1975-81). That was fortunate for me because, at the time, I was a daily newspaper reporter assigned to cover the second-largest county in Foley’s eastern Washington district. After the Land Grant university located there, the next… Continue Reading