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CAWG board member testifies on food labeling bill


Chris Tallman, Brandon, board member and former president of the Colorado Association of Wheat Growers, testified before the Colorado House Committee on Health, Insurance, and the Environment in Denver Feb. 21. Tallman is chairman of the National Association of Wheat Growers and U.S. Wheat Joint Biotechnology Committee and is a National Spokesperson for Biotechnology in Wheat.

The hearing was for House Bill 1192, "Concerning Labeling Requirements for Genetically Engineered Food." CAWG opposed the bill. The bill failed in a 7-2 vote.

The bill defined "genetically engineered" and required a person selling, distributing, or offering for sale food in Colorado that he or she is aware contains genetically engineered material or was produced with genetically engineered material to label the food as follows: "This product contains genetically engineered material or was produced with genetically engineered material." The bill exempted certain foods from the labeling requirement.

Part of Tallman's testimony was as follows: "Farmers around the world have embraced GMO technology. This is truly some of the most tested and examined technology ever released. We plant GMOs for many reasons. They help us to remain profitable, they allow us more flexibility in our crop rotation, and they help us protect our environment. But more importantly, they help us provide a reliable, consistent, and safe food source not only for our country, but for many countries around the world that depend on America's farmers for their next meal."

For the complete text of Tallman's testimony or for more information, visit www.coloradowheat.org.

Date: 3/11/2013

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