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Statement by Zippy Duvall, President, American Farm Bureau Federation, Regarding Chairman Roberts’ Biotech Labeling Proposal

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 19, 2016 – "Farmers and ranchers need innovative tools, technologies and improved methods to meet the demand for food, today and in the future. The American Farm Bureau Federation strongly supports Chairman Pat Roberts' solution and action to secure uniform, voluntary biotech labeling standards across the country.

"This issue must not be put off any longer. We need the Senate to act now to protect consumers from misleading labels and the increase that state-by-state labeling rules can impose on food prices. We also need to protect farmers and the food industry from the patchwork of state labeling laws being stitched together, which would stigmatize a valuable agricultural technology and have a chilling effect on future innovation.

"We stand ready to work with Chairman Roberts, the members of his committee and the rest of Congress to legislate a solution that provides helpful and scientifically accurate information about the food we grow and enables farmers to meet the demand and desire for affordable food choices for all consumers."

Contacts:   Will Rodger
(202) 406-3642
  Mace Thornton
(202) 406-3641