Will Drones Be Used By Government Agencies To Monitor Agriculture?

All of the excitement over drones lately has made me wonder how more widespread use of drones will affect agriculture. We got a preview of the issue last year, when one Congressman falsely accused the EPA of using military drones to spy on farmers. It is true the EPA uses aerial surveillance to look...

State GMO Labeling Laws Present Unanswered Legal Questions

At least 20 states have considered bills requiring labeling for genetically modified (GMO) foods in the past few years. California's Prop 37 was the most notorious of these proposed laws, but it was defeated by referendum in November 2012. This hasn't stopped GMO opponents in other states from...

State Net Capitol Journal Spotlight: The GMO Debate

In an up and down year, GMO opponents have a very down week Just weeks ago, you could not have blamed the burgeoning anti-GMO movement for feeling pretty good about how things were going this year. In July, advocates seeking to force agricultural producers of genetically modified organisms to clearly...

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California Court of Appeal Rules that State Law Claims for Alleged Misuse of the Term 'Organic' on Food Products Are Preempted by Federal Law

In a case of first impression, and with enormous national implications for the food industry, on December 23, 2013, the California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, ruled that state law consumer actions challenging certified organic growers’ labeling of food products as “organic”...

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A Brief History and Overview of Country of Origin Labeling Requirements

Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) laws and regulations require retailers to notify their customers of the country of origin of covered commodities, which include beef, veal, lamb, chicken, fish and shellfish, goat, pork, perishable agricultural commodities, macadamia nuts, pecans, ginseng, and peanuts...

GMO Crops May Be Grounded In Oregon, While GMO Labeling May Be Stripped Off In Vermont

By: Stefanie Jill Fogel , Mary B. Langowski , and Tiffani V. Williams Congressman expects state measure against GMO crops will pass. Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR) has predicted that Oregon will approve a statewide ban on the cultivation of GMO crops. The measure has been officially placed on...

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