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ALM thanks Sen. Stabenow, Sen. Peters for Leadership on Food Labeling
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Commodity, agribusiness leaders urge U.S. House passage of bipartisan legislation next week.

Agricultural Leaders of Michigan thank Sen. Stabenow, Sen. Peters for Leadership on Food Labeling

The Agricultural Leaders of Michigan today recognized Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, for her leadership to craft a bipartisan compromise on labeling foods produced with Genetic Modification (GM) technology. Following work by Sen. Stabenow and Sen. Pat Roberts, the final compromise legislation (S.764) was approved by the U.S. Senate this week. Senator Gary Peters also supported final passage of the legislation. 

“Senator Stabenow and Senator Peters cast strong votes in support of Michigan agriculture this week, and they deserve our appreciation,” said Dave Armstrong, CEO of GreenStone Farm Credit Services on behalf of ALM. “Passage of the bill in the Senate was a critical step toward achieving an appropriate balance, ensuring availability of information for consumers without compromising the integrity of important technology used across Michigan agriculture. Just as important, the bill was crafted in strong bipartisan spirit, thanks to leadership by Senator Stabenow.”

The legislation must now be approved by the U.S. House, which is expected to take up the measure next week. In June, ALM sent a letter to all members of Michigan’s U.S. House delegation, urging their support of the Senate compromise. That letter is attached to this press release. 

The bill, which lays out requirements for GM food labeling, provides critical certainty on the issue. On July 1, 2016, a state law passed in Vermont went into effect that places an unreasonable burden on food producers to label GM ingredients in a way that encourages misinformation about GM foods. Without federal action to standardize food labeling, the Vermont law and others like it will lead to a confusing patchwork of state regulations, hurting agricultural producers and spreading misinformation among consumers.
“Genetic modification technology has allowed farmers to grow more food, more reliably, and put our agriculture sector on a strong growth track for a generation,” said Armstrong. “Senator Stabenow, Senator Peters and the U.S. Senate have led the way to provide certainty on food labeling, and now we need the U.S. House to follow suit.”

ALM leaders include:

  • Dave Armstrong, GreenStone Farm Credit Services   
  • Jim Byrum, Michigan Agri-Business Association
  • Jim Zook, Michigan Corn Growers Association
  • Ken Nobis, Michigan Milk Producers Association
  • Sam Hines, Michigan Pork Producers Association
  • Gail Frahm, Michigan Soybean Association
  • Mike Wenkel, Potato Growers of Michigan, Inc.
Agricultural Leaders of Michigan is a coalition of agricultural, commodity and agri-business leaders committed to promoting Michigan agriculture, participating in the ongoing dialogue about issues affecting our state, and harnessing agriculture’s power and potential to further grow Michigan’s economy. The seven-member coalition is made up of GreenStone Farm Credit Services; Michigan Agri-Business Association; Michigan Corn Growers Association; Michigan Milk Producers Association; Michigan Pork Producers Association; Michigan Soybean Association; and Potato Growers of Michigan Inc. 

More information on ALM is available at www.agleadersmi.com​.