Agriculture and Food Safety

The U.S. Chamber strongly believes that America’s food supply must be abundant, affordable, and the world’s safest.

It must be abundant to not only feed Americans with nutritious food, but increasingly to help feed the world. One in three acres of American farmland is already planted for overseas markets, helping to substantially drive down our trade deficit.

It must be affordable because food costs are American household’s third highest expense.

And it must be the safest in the world to ensure the public health of American families.

The U.S. Chamber’s priorities include:

  • Food Safety. Ensure that the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010 is sensibly and effectively implemented without unduly burdening the food industry, American farmers, and consumers.
  • Farm Bill. Support efforts to enact a sensible farm bill to strengthen domestic agriculture and food production, increase exports, and promote competition and low food prices.
  • Sugar Program. Work to reform U.S. sugar price support and production quota programs that will allow buyers and sellers to conduct business in a competitive marketplace, without unnecessary and costly government intrusion. The sugar program, which keeps U.S. sugar prices artificially high, has raised consumer costs by $4 billion.
  • Food Product Advertising. Help ensure that food product advertising regulation does not unduly hinder competition or limit consumer choice and is consistent with all applicable laws and the First Amendment. 

Recent Activity

CommentAug 16, 2018 - 2:30pm

Problem Formulation Documents and General Guiding Risk Evaluation Principles"

The attached comments were submitted today to EPA regarding its notice, “Problem Formulations for the Risk Evaluations To Be Conducted Under the Toxic Substances Control Act, and General Guiding Principles To Apply Systematic Review in TSCA Risk Evaluations; Notice of Availability.”

Above the FoldJul 09, 2018 - 4:30pm
Pawns on a chess board

‘I Feel Like We’re the Pawns:’ Meet 3 Michigan Small Businesses Already Hurt by Tariffs

More than $2.3 billion in Michigan exports are vulnerable due to the emerging trade war, leaving business owners paying the bill.

CommentJul 09, 2018 - 11:00am

National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard Comments

Chamber members operate at all stages of the nation’s food supply chain and many food products marketed today contain bioengineered (BE) ingredients. It is imperative that AMS promulgates a standard that provides regulatory certainty for the food supply chain, allows consumers to obtain more information if they want it, and protects the biotechnology industry from harmful and stigmatizing mandatory warning labels.

ArticleJun 08, 2018 - 10:15am

A Federal Standard: Solving the State-by-State Patchwork of Product Labeling Laws

Changes to federal law will ensure that consumers continue to benefit from the nutritional and allergy information on packaging.

EventMay 24, 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Export to Eurasia: Opening New Markets

This workshop will focus on international business opportunities for Alabama companies. Export managers, sales teams, business development decision makers, as well as entrepreneurs considering Russian market entry are encouraged to attend.

EventFeb 09, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
NAFTA Works Iowa Event Graphic

NAFTA Works: The Stakes for Iowa Agriculture and Business

This Des Moines event is one of a series of events organized to show that #NAFTAworks.

Above the FoldFeb 02, 2018 - 9:15am
Nachos, made better by NAFTA

The Super Bowl Without NAFTA? Not So Super.

On Sunday 100 million Americans will gather around TVs, snark at the commercials, and stuff their faces with food, all thanks to NAFTA.

Above the FoldJan 23, 2018 - 11:45am
Pulling out of NAFTA threatens American Farmers

He’s Been a Family Farmer for nearly 50 Years. He’s Worried Trade Policies Will Make Him one of Iowa’s Last.

Chris Petersen is one of Iowa’s family farmers concerned about the direction of U.S. trade policy and its impact on the state's economy.

Above the FoldDec 06, 2017 - 3:45pm
A combine harvests hard red winter wheat in Zurich, KS.

Agriculture Sows Support for NAFTA

Elected officials and advocacy groups are making the case to President Trump not to withdraw from NAFTA.

Above the FoldNov 14, 2017 - 9:00am
A combine harvesting wheat near Wasco, Oregon.

Terminating NAFTA Would Devastate American Agriculture: The View of a Wheat Farmer

Threats to NAFTA have already hurt U.S. wheat. Mexico is making deals with U.S. competitors Brazil and Argentina.