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HIGHLIGHTS OF SENATE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE'S HEARING ON BIOTECHNOLOGY
Source: National Association of Wheat Growers news release

For the first time in 10 years, the Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing on biotechnology. In speaking on the importance of the advancements made in those 10 years, Chairman Roberts (R-KS) called biotechnology a "topic that is of utmost importance for producers in meeting the global food challenge."

Testimonies were heard from government agencies on regulatory efforts on biotechnology including U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Pesticide Programs, and the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. The committee also heard from a variety of witnesses along the value chain including a producer, a food manufacturer, consumer groups and a medical expert.

Although the hearing largely focused on the regulatory aspect of biotechnology, GMO labeling was also discussed in testimony and follow up questions. Ranking Member Stabenow (D-MI) announced that she is working with Senator Hoeven (R-ND) and Chairman Roberts on a GMO labeling bill, stating that the bill will be different from the version passed by the House earlier in the year, as she does not believe the House-passed bill could pass in the Senate.

View the full testimonies and hearing here.


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