Statement Challenging House Farm Bill Biotech Riders at National Press Club Event

Spokespeople from environmental, food safety, public health, labor and animal welfare groups gathered to voice their concerns over the recently passed House Agriculture Committee 2012 farm bill.

| July 17, 2012

The following article is posted with permission from the Center for Food Safety.

Washington, D.C.––The Center for Food Safety (‘The Center’) joined a collection of top public interest groups today at the National Press Club to voice collective concern over the recently passed House Agriculture Committee 2012 farm bill, which reported out of committee with several agricultural biotech industry-promoting riders included. The groups participating in the event included Environmental Working Group, Natural Resources Defense Council, Defenders of Wildlife, the Humane Society of the United States, Oxfam America and the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union.

Speaking to journalists today, the Center’s regulatory policy analyst, Colin O’Neil provided the following statement:

Good morning colleagues and members of the media. My name is Colin O’Neil and I’m the regulatory policy analyst for the Center for Food Safety, a non-profit public interest and environmental advocacy organization established in 1997 for the purpose of challenging harmful food production technologies and promoting sustainable alternatives.   

I join my colleagues here today to draw attention to the latest in an alarming trend of dangerous policy riders to be included in must-pass legislation.  

Of paramount concern to those of us interested in the safety, protection and preservation of a healthy, sustainable U.S. food supply is a suite of industry-friendly riders -- Section 10011, 10013, and 10014 -- buried in the House Farm Bill that was reported out of committee last week. Together, they seek to severely weaken the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) oversight of genetically engineered (GE) crops and fundamentally bypass science-based review and liability.  

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