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Congressman Tom Emmer

Representing the 6th District of Minnesota

Emmer Speaks in Support of the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act

July 23, 2015
Blog Post

On July 21, 2015, Congressman Tom Emmer (MN-06) spoke on the House Floor to speak in support of the House Agriculture and Energy & Commerce Committees' action on the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015.

Mr. Speaker,

I rise today to speak in support of the House Agriculture and Energy and Commerce Committee’s actions on the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015, of which I am a cosponsor.

Biotechnology is nothing new –Norman Borlaugh - a researcher and legend in my home state, was the “Father of the Green Revolution” while at the University of Minnesota due to his groundbreaking work on high-yield crops that have fed billions of people around the globe.

American farmers already deal with heavy compliance regulations to ensure that our food is safe to eat. Families must know that Borlaugh’s incredible accomplishment and the hard work of the American farmer is not in vein.

It is no surprise that I’m not a fan of the federal bureaucracy, but on this issue we must stand with American farmers on the health and safety of GMOs.

We should move in the right direction and the House should pass this bipartisan legislation that will create a voluntary label that supports farmers and American families.