Soy Growers Urge House, Senate Ag Appropriation to Support Biotech Education Funding

Oct 06, 2016

The American Soybean Association (ASA) and industry partners this week urged support for a proposed $3 million in funding in the House and Senate Agriculture Appropriation, to educate the public about biotechnology and agricultural production.

“We urge you to retain this provision throughout the legislative process and oppose any legislative action to restrict agricultural technology development, to hinder farmers’ access to modern agricultural tools, or to malign advancements in plant and animal agricultural applications that are helping society meet current and future food production challenges,” the groups state in a letter.

The groups reiterated that there is a wide spread of misinformation about agriculture and biotechnology among the public, and education resources are vital to ensure growers access to the tools needed to sustainably and affordably do their jobs.

“Dedicated educational resources will ensure key federal agencies responsible for the safety of our nation’s food supply – the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) – are able to more easily convey to the public science- and fact-based information about food,” the letter states.

Click here to read the entire letter.