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·         North Dakota Grain Terminal Will Be Dedicated Non-GMO Commodities Only

·         US Food Firms Continue Push for Voluntary GMO Labeling



North Dakota Grain Terminal Will Be Dedicated Non-GMO Commodities Only


BY Captain Drake LLC

via KTIC (NE) - December 9, 2015


Led by a private investment firm, Killer Whale Holding, Captain Drake LLC acquired the million-bushel grain terminal, with dedicated rail, in North Dakota to provide its clients with a facility to handle the demand for Non-GMO (non-genetically modified organism) commodities.


“We consider this to be another strategic asset for our food and beverage clients seeking suppliers committed to guaranteeing the integrity and purity of Non-GMO commodities throughout the supply chain. Producers know commodities stored, transported or commingled with GMO product can become contaminated,” said Mark Anderson, President. “By providing growers and end -users this key facility, Captain Drake will consolidate and streamline the sourcing of Non-GMO grain in the Red River Valley. Non-GMO seed cost less, has similar yields, and the farmer can obtain a premium for their product.”


Approximately 94% of all corn and soybeans grown in the U.S is genetically modified. Anderson believes “it is very possible that the next boom in ND won’t be oil, but Non-GMO...





US Food Firms Continue Push for Voluntary GMO Labeling


BY Associated Press

via KTIC (NE) - December 9, 2015


U.S. food companies are mounting an aggressive year-end push to head off mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods.

The food industry wants the labeling to be voluntary, and it hopes to get a provision in a massive spending bill that Republicans and Democrats want to wrap up this week. If that becomes law, states could not require companies to disclose whether their products contain genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.


The House passed similar legislation earlier this year, but the Senate has not yet acted. Even so, food companies and farm groups say Congress must step in before Vermont becomes the first state to require GMO labels next summer.


“It is imperative that Congress take action now to prevent a costly and confusing patchwork of state labeling laws from taking effect next year and spreading across the country,” a coalition of groups representing growers and the food industry said in a letter to House and Senate leaders.


The country’s largest food companies say genetically modified foods are safe and that labels would be misleading. They argue that its costs would be passed on to consumers.


Supporters of labeling counter that consumers have a right to know what’s in their foods, and Congress shouldn’t be trying to pre-empt states. They have pushed state legislatures to pass labeling laws, with the eventual goal of having a federal mandatory label set by the Food and Drug Administration.


The food industry says about 75 percent to 80 percent of foods contain genetically modified ingredients.


The FDA has said GMOs on the market now are safe, and the federal government does not support mandatory labels...