AG/FDA Blog

John Block: Two Issues

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block “Trump’s Tax Plan Would Spur Growth” – that is the headline in a recent Wall Street Journal paper.  First, let me say that President Trump’s tax reform plan is not very specific.  I think that is goo… Read More
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John Block: Organic Foods

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block Before focusing on today’s ag issue, I want to pay tribute to Clayton Yeutter.  Clayton passed away Saturday, March 4 – age 86 – having served as U.S. Trade Ambassador and Secretary of Agriculture for Pre… Read More
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USDA Guarantees Kosher and Halal Meat Can Be Organic, Too

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has assured the kosher and halal meat industries that the meat they produce with the well-known USDA Organic label can clearly qualify as organic, even though kosher and halal slaughter methods follow religious law… Read More
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Organic Reform

By Marshall Matz and Peter Matz, as published in Agri-Pulse The House of Representatives’ Freedom Caucus lists the USDA National Organic Program as one that should be a high priority for reform under President-elect Donald Trump. We agree. T… Read More
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John Block: Ag Industry United

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block In these times of low farm prices, it is encouraging to see farm associations and leaders stepping up to protect our farmers and ranchers. The CEOs of CropLife America, the National Corn Growers Association, an… Read More
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Senate Ag Leaders Unveil Compromise GMO Labeling Bill

Yesterday, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) released their long-awaited bill that would establish a federal GMO labeling regime and preempt any state laws, such as Vermont’s Act 120.… Read More
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FDA Seeks Input on the Meaning of “Natural” for Foods -- First Impact of FDA Action Will Be on Class Action Cases

For over two decades, when assessing the propriety of a “natural”-type claim (e.g., “natural,” “all natural,” “100% natural,” “from nature,” “naturally grown,” or “naturally sourced”) made in food labeling, FDA has applied… Read More
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House to Vote on GMO-Labeling Preemption Bill Tomorrow

On Thursday, the full U.S. House of Representatives will vote on H.R. 1599, which is officially titled “The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015.” The bill (full text here) would establish a federal standard for when foods containing genet… Read More
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John Block: GMOs Under Assault

By John R. Block We can’t seem to silence or satisfy the loud scream of opposition to GE crops. The reason probably is that up until now we have ignored them. It’s time to stand up and set the record straight. GE food is safe and even beneficial… Read More
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GM Opponents are Science Deniers

Climate change is real and GM technology is safe, but those in denial want to undermine the public understanding of science with misinformation and pseudo-debate By Nina Fedoroff, Peter Raven and Phillip Sharp, as published in The Guardian The auth… Read More
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