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Kucinich introduces GM food legislation

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(May 22, 2002 CropChoice news) Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich (D-OH) today introduced five bills that he said will provide a "comprehensive regulatory framework for all genetically engineered, plants, animals, bacteria and other organisms."

Larry Mitchell, chief executive officer of the American Corn Growers Association, was at the press conference to announce that his organization, representing 14,000 farmers in 35 states, supports the legislation.

"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," Mitchell said. "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." For more information on the program, visit http://www.acga.org.

The five bills would:

  • require food companies to label all foods containing ingredients from genetically engineered plants or animals;
  • improve the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) oversight and testing of transgenic foods;
  • better protect farmers and ranchers against powerful biotech companies and restore farmers' traditional right to save seed;
  • clarify and reform liability and other legal issues associated with genetically modified crops and foods; and
  • expand research to help developing nations better feed themselves.

For more background, see the CropChoice story from last Friday at http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?RecID=718