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THIRD WORLD NETWORK BIOSAFETY INFORMATION SERVICE

5 August 2003

Dear Friends and colleagues,

RE: US INTRODUCE BILLS ON GE FOODS, CROPS, LIVESTOCK 

Moves are afoot in the US to address the varied issues that were raised by farmers, critics and concern consumers about GM foods, crops and livestocks and their hazards.

Congressman Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, 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) that aim to improve the rights of farmers and consumers including the oversight and testing of GM foods. 

 

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.

 

For the titles and internet link to the bills, please refer to the end of the article below.

With best wishes,

Lim Li Lin and Chee Yoke Heong

Third World Network

121-S Jalan Utama

10450 Penang

Malaysia

Email: twnet@po.jaring.my

Website: www.twnside.org.sg

 

REF: Doc.TWN/Biosafety/2003/F

Source: American Corn Grower Association (http://www.acga.org/news/2003/072803.htm)

Jul 28, 2003

Corn Growers Endorse Kucinich Initiatives On Genetically Engineered Food & Crops

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.

 

Titles 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.  http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d108:h.r.02916:

2)   To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to the safety of genetically engineered foods, and for other purposes.  http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d108:h.r.02917:

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.  http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d108:h.r.02918:

4)   To assign liability for injury caused by genetically engineered organisms.  http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d108:h.r.02919:

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.  http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d108:h.r.02920:

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.  http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d108:h.r.02921:

 


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