CropLife America Congratulates President Obama on Re-ElectionWed, 07 Nov 2012 11:22:44 CST
CropLife America (CLA) congratulates President Barack Obama on his re-election to a second four-year term as the 44th President of the United States. CLA and its members remain committed to working with the Obama administration to identify ways to support production agriculture in the U.S. and to pursue responsible, science-based regulation of the domestic crop protection industry. CLA also congratulates all newly elected and returning members to the 113th Congress.
“CLA commends President Obama on another four years of leadership and appreciates his support of modern U.S. agriculture,” said Jay Vroom, president and CEO of CLA. “CLA is eager to work with the administration to continue to develop policies that foster a healthy agricultural system, maintain agricultural trade, and promote the importance of innovative tools to sustainably produce healthy food, fiber and renewable fuel for all Americans.”
“The future of American agriculture rests on the administration’s ability to work across party lines to establish measures that further conservation efforts and increase food production for families across the country,” said Beau Greenwood, executive vice president of government relations and public affairs. “With the support of legislators, the crop protection industry will continue to provide U.S. farmers and ranchers with a reliable and effective suite of products and technologies to help them grow healthy food in a sustainable way.”
Vroom also noted the defeat of Proposition 37 in California, a ballot measure that would have required most, but not all, foods made with genetically engineered ingredients to be labeled in the state, and would likely have caused unnecessary, increased food costs for California consumers and frivolous lawsuits against farmers, grocers and food companies. “The debate around Prop 37 did put a spotlight on consumer interest in our U.S. food system and added to the modern agriculture dialogue we at CLA and many stakeholders have actively been having in recent years. We look forward to widening the discussion and learning more from one another,” Vroom continued. “Leading scientific organizations that have reviewed the issue agree that foods containing genetically engineered ingredients are safe. The crop protection industry is glad the voters rejected this unnecessary measure.”
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