Facebook Twitter SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Corn Growers Urges Action on National Food Labeling Standard SHARE Facebook Twitter Corn Growers Urges Action on National Food Labeling Standard By Gary Truitt – Oct 21, 2015 The National Corn Growers Association urged the Senate to act quickly to pass a uniform, national food labeling standard in light of today’s Senate Agriculture Committee hearing, highlighting the safety of genetically modified ingredients and the importance of biotechnology. “NCGA and Congress agree: consumers should have access to food choices that are safe, nutritious, abundant and affordable,” said NCGA Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team Chair John Linder, a farmer from Edison, Ohio. “Congress, and only Congress, can now prevent a costly and confusing patchwork of state labeling laws from taking effect next year. The Senate must act now to avoid the negative consequences inaction will surely bring for consumers and farmers across the country.”Experts told the Committee that the overwhelming scientific consensus is that genetically modified organisms are safe for consumers and the environment. Experts also testified on the vital role biotechnology plays in modern agriculture, allowing farmers to produce higher yields on less land, using fewer pesticides and water, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.“Today’s testimony underscored the fact that biotechnology is not only safe, but an important part of creating an efficient, affordable and reliable food chain. NCGA urges the Senate to move forward on common-sense legislation for a uniform, national food labeling standard,” said Linder.In July, legislation passed the House of Representatives with strong bipartisan support that would create uniform national food labeling standards. If the Senate does not follow suit, Vermont’s GMO labeling law will go into effect next July. Meanwhile, other states and localities have passed or are considering state-level labeling mandates. Such a patchwork of state and local laws will create upheaval in our national food supply, hurting consumers and farmers alike. Previous articleClosing CommentsNext articleRyan as House Speaker Could Increase TPP Chances Gary Truitt
Ohio EPA will hold a public information session and hearing at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, to accept comments about a water quality certification for impacts related to construction of the Blanchard River flood reduction project in Findlay. The project proposes excavating a floodplain bench on the north bank of the Blanchard River in Swale Park, removing four dam structures and restoring the river channel and banks at each dam removal site. The work extends from the Centennial Park Dam to Swale Park Dam, about 6,500 linear feet along the river.According to Ohio EPA’s announcement, the project goal is to reduce flooding near downtown Findlay. The scheme should also improve water quality in the river.If the certification is approved, water quality in the Blanchard River must be protected during construction.During the information session, Ohio EPA representatives will present details about the proposed project and Ohio’s water quality certification process. At the hearing, which follows the information session, the public can submit comments and questions for the record regarding the water quality certification application.Ohio EPA will accept written comments on the application through July 3, 2018.The meeting will take place at the Findlay-Hancock Public Library’s Lindamood Room, 206 Broadway St., Findlay.