Farm Bill amendment for GE labeling

June 20, 2012

Below is a list of food businesses and trade associations along with consumer, public health and environmental organizations and commercial, recreational and subsistence fishing associations who endorse the Sanders-Boxer-Begich Amendment (SA 2310) to the Farm Bill (S. 3240), which clarifies that states they have the authority to require the labeling of foods produced through genetic engineering or derived from organisms that have been genetically engineered (GE).

The measure also would require the Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to report to Congress within two years on the percentage of food and beverages in the United States that contain GE ingredients. Absent clear labeling of foods produced through genetic engineering, consumers are deprived necessary and important information about the foods they are purchasing. In response dozens of states have introduced labeling laws and this amendment would provide clarity on their right to do so.

Businesses & Trade Associations:
Albert’s Organics
Nature’s Path Food, Inc.
Northeast Organic Farming Association – Interstate Council
National Cooperative Grocers Association
Ocean Beach People’s Co-op
The Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association
The Organic Trade Association
PCC Natural Markets
Stonyfield Farm
United Natural Foods, Inc.

Alliance for Natural Health-USA
American Anti-Vivisection Society
Beyond Pesticides
Center for Biological Diversity
Center for Environmental Health
Center for Food Safety
Council for Responsible Genetics
Environment America
Environmental Working Group
Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance
Food & Water Watch
Food Democracy Now!
Friends of the Earth
Golden Gate Salmon Association
Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
Institute for Responsible Technology
International Center for Technology Assessment
Just Label It
National Farmers Union
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
New England Farmers Union
Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance
Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance
National Family Farm Coalition
National Organic Coalition
Oregon Tilth
Organic Consumers Association
Organic Seed Alliance
Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations
Public Citizen
Sierra Club
Sustainable Living Systems
Washington Biotechnology Action Council

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