|FDA must develop plan to label genetically engineered salmon, Congress says|
The Washington Post - 12/17/2015. By Brady Dennis - The sprawling federal spending bill unveiled this week on Capitol Hill included a small passage with potentially big implications in the food world. In two paragraphs on page 106, lawmakers instructed the Food and Drug Administration to forbid the sale of genetically engineered salmon until the agency puts in place labeling guidelines and "a program to disclose to consumers" whether a fish has been genetically altered.
|And Just Like That, "Free Trade" Pact Trounces US Law|
Common Dreams - 12/16/2015. By Lauren McCauley - Claims that trade pacts like the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will not trump public health and environmental policies were revealed to be fiction on Tuesday after Congress, bending to the will of the World Trade Organization, killed the popular country-of-origin label (COOL) law.
|Congress Keeps Anti-GMO Labeling Rider Out of Spending Bill|
EcoWatch - 12/16/2015. Center for Food Safety today praised Congress for not including a policy rider in the must-pass federal omnibus spending bill that would have blocked states from implementing mandatory genetically engineered (GE) food labeling laws.
|Congressional Funding Available to Expand Organic Agriculture|
Beyond Pesticides - 12/16/2015. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the availability of funding to support initiatives aimed at improving organic agriculture. The funding, in the form of grants totaling $17.6 million, is to support research and outreach activities to help organic growers, producers and processors find innovative ways to advance organic agriculture.