Senate Agriculture Committee holds First Biotech Hearing in 10 years

On Wednesday, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry held a hearing on the federal regulation of agriculture biotechnology with perspectives from producers and consumers.  A recording of the hearing along with witness testimony can be found here.
The hearing on agricultural biotechnology was the first in 10 years and American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) believes it builds momentum for passing a bipartisan legislative solution this year that would protect interstate commerce and prevent a patchwork of mandatory state labeling laws. Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) made the following commitment:
“In order to address legitimate concerns from our farmers, our food companies and consumers, I believe we need to work together, and I am committing myself, Mr. Chairman, to do that in a bipartisan way, to develop a bill that can pass the Senate by the end of this year.”

AFBF will continue to work with the Coalition for Safe and Affordable Food to find a federal solution by the end of the year to protect farmers’ ability to use biotech plant varieties and other innovative technologies.

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