U.S. Grains Council: EU 'opt-out' proposal on biotech food illegal

The U.S. Grains Council said last week that the “opt-out” policy on biotechnology-based food and feed products being considered by the European Commission would be disruptive. Reports surfaced recently that the commission is considering allowing its member states to opt out of import approvals for these products, a move the Grains Council said would violate international obligations under the World Trade Organization (WTO). Read More »

Canada to invest in fertilizer research institute

Canadian Parliamentary Secretary Pierre Lemieux, on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, said on Friday that $1.1 million would be invested in the Canadian Fertilizer Institute (CFI). The investment will go toward research and development to improve the use of fertilizers, create competitive advantages for producers, and reduce environmental impacts and input costs. Read More »

ASTA wants Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act to pass

,.The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) said last week that it supports a national law that would override confusing state labeling regulations for bioengineered ingredients. ASTA President and CEO Andrew LaVigne praised the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act and said it includes uniform rules and a national certification program instead of a mish-mash of state laws that would leave consumers’ heads spinning and increase their grocery bills. Read More »