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Rep. Pompeo's 'Dear Colleague' Letter

  • By Rep. Mike Pompeo
    Organic Consumers Association, April 10, 2014

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Keep Food Safe and Affordable: Co-Sponsor H.R. 4432, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act

Dear Colleague,

Just a few of weeks ago, we gathered to honor Norman Borlaug with a statue in the United States Capitol. Mr. Borlaug was quite appropriately known as "The Man Who Saved a Billion Lives" for his pioneering work in using biotechnology to feed a hungry and growing world.

Virtually every serious medical and scientific organization, such as the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the British Royal Society, and the World Health Organization, have stated that these life-saving technologies pose no danger to human health. The use of biotechnology increases crop yields and disease resistance while reducing the use of pesticides and water-helping to keep food affordable for American families.

Unfortunately there is a tremendous amount of misunderstanding surrounding the use of biotechnology. Unfounded fears about their safety has led to a chaotic regime of often contradictory state regulations that could greatly affect our ability to feed America and the world. Today, I, along with Congressman G.K. Butterfield, introduced H.R. 4432, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act. This bill will provide an effective and mandatory process for FDA oversight of the introduction of foods using biotechnology while providing predictable, nationwide standards for this increasingly important technology.

If you have any questions or would like to co-sponsor this legislation, please contact Blake Hollander at blake.hollander@mail.house.gov or call x56216.

Sincerely,

Mike Pompeo
Member of Congress

Supported by: American Farm Bureau Federation, Council for Responsible Nutrition, American Soybean Association, Biotechnology Industry Organization, , International Dairy Foods Association, Grocery Manufacturers Association, National Association of Manufacturers, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Corn Growers Association, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, National Gran & Feed Association, National Fisheries Institute, National Milk Producers Federation, North American Millers Association, National Turkey Federation, and others. 

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