Agriculture and Food Safety

The U.S. Chamber strongly believes that America’s food supply must be abundant, affordable, and the world’s safest. It must be abundant to not only feed Americans with nutritious food, but increasingly to help feed the world. One in three acres of American farmland is already planted for overseas markets, helping to substantially drive down our trade deficit. It must be affordable because food costs are American household’s third highest expense. And it must be the safest in the world to ensure the public health of American families.

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Our Position

America is the global leader in agriculture. The agricultural sector provides jobs for more than 21 million American workers, or 15% of the total U.S. workforce.  Agriculture and agriculture-related industries contributed $776 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product in 2012, a 4.8-percent share. U.S. agricultural exports more than doubled from 2006 to 2013 and continue to rise.

To maintain its role as a global leader in agriculture, the United States must ensure that federal food regulations are efficiently developed, based on sound science and the best data available, consider actual health risks, and avoid unnecessary burdens to the nation’s farms, 97% of which are owned by families.  

The U.S. Chamber’s priorities include:

  • Food Safety. Ensure that the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010 is sensibly and effectively implemented without unduly burdening the food industry, American farmers, and consumers.
  • Farm Bill. Support efforts to enact a sensible farm bill to strengthen domestic agriculture and food production, increase exports, and promote competition and low food prices.
  • Sugar Program. Work to reform U.S. sugar price support and production quota programs that will allow buyers and sellers to conduct business in a competitive marketplace, without unnecessary and costly government intrusion. The sugar program, which keeps U.S. sugar prices artificially high, has raised consumer costs by $4 billion.
  • Food Product Advertising. Help ensure that food product advertising regulation does not unduly hinder competition or limit consumer choice and is consistent with all applicable laws and the First Amendment. 

Timeline

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Press Release

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today released a report which reveals that reducing or eliminating relevant tariffs and other behind-the-border barriers between the United States and China could result in $28.1 billion in additional cumulative gains in two-way agricultural sector trade over 2016-2025. The United States would realize gains of $17.6 billion – a nearly 40% increase over baseline projections.

Monday, November 21, 2016 - 10:45am
Comment

VIA ELECTRONIC FILING

TO: Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) Docket
Environmental Protection Agency Docket Center (28221T)
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20460-0001

RE: Public Comment on “Atrazine, Simazine, and Propazine Registration Review; Draft Ecological Risk Assessments; Notice of Availability” (Federal Register Vol. 81, No. 108, p. 36301) (June 6, 2016); Docket No. EPA-HQ-OPP-2015-0794

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:

Monday, October 3, 2016 - 4:00pm
Letter

This letter was sent to the members of the House Agriculture Committee in support of H.R. 3687, the “Cuba Agricultural Exports Act,” which would repeal restrictions on financing for agricultural exports to Cuba. The Committee will hold a hearing on American agricultural exports to Cuba tomorrow morning.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - 3:45pm
Press Release

Legislation Passed Today Represents Major Step Forward in Providing Regulatory Certainty and Clear Consumer Information

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President for Government Affairs Bruce Josten released the following statement today applauding Congress for passage of common-sense biotech food labeling legislation:

Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 12:45pm
Letter

This Key Vote Alert! letter was sent to the members of the U.S. House of Representatives in support of S. 764, the Roberts-Stabenow GMO food labeling legislation.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 - 10:15am
Letter

Dear Speaker Ryan, Minority Leader Pelosi, Majority Leader McCarthy, and Minority Whip Hoyer,

We, the undersigned organizations, represent all segments of the U.S. food chain—producers, cooperatives, agribusinesses, processors, seed makers, handlers, food and feed manufacturers, restaurants, lenders, and retailers. It is vitally important for the House to call up and pass S. 764, the Senate-passed legislation on biotech disclosure, in order to avoid the economic costs of a patchwork of state laws that will directly impact consumers, farmers, and the entire food value chain.

Monday, July 11, 2016 - 12:00pm
Letter

TO THE MEMBERS OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce urges the House to consider and pass before the upcoming recess S. 764, a bill, which passed the Senate on July 7, to establish a federal standard for biotechnology in agriculture and preempt state labeling regimes.

Friday, July 8, 2016 - 4:15pm