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

CommentJun 30, 2016 - 4:15pm

Coalition Comments to EPA on NO2 Near-Road Monitoring Requirements Proposal

VIA ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONRE: Comments of the NAAQS Implementation Coalition on the United States Environmental Protection Agency's "Revision to the Near-Road NO2 Minimum Monitoring Requirements: Proposed Rule", 81 Fed. Reg. 30,224 (May 16, 2016), Docket No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2015-0486

LetterJun 29, 2016 - 6:30pm

Key Vote Alert! - Roberts-Stabenow GMO Labeling Bill

This Key Vote Alert! letter was sent to the members of the Senate in support of the bipartisan legislation on biotech labeling negotiated chiefly by Agriculture Committee Chairman Roberts and Ranking Member Stabenow.

EventJun 29, 2016 - 10:29am

Discussion on the Urbanization of Arica

Discussion on the urbanization of Africa and food insecurity as well as preventing post-harvest losses in the continent

LetterJun 28, 2016 - 5:00pm

Coalition Letter to Sens. McConnell and Reid Supporting the Roberts-Stabenow Biotech Labeling

Dear Majority Leader McConnell and Minority Leader Reid,

Above the FoldMay 17, 2016 - 12:00pm
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LetterApr 13, 2016 - 4:45pm

Letter on Commodity End-User Relief Act

This letter was sent to the members of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee in support of the Commodity End-User Relief Act, which would reauthorize the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).

LetterMar 14, 2016 - 3:00pm

Key Vote Letter to Senate Supporting S. 2609, the Biotech Labeling Solutions Act

This Key Vote Alert! letter supporting S. 2609, the “Biotech Labeling Solutions Act,” was sent to all Members of the United States Senate.

LetterFeb 23, 2016 - 3:00pm

Coalition Letter to Sen. Roberts Supporting National Uniform Biotech Labeling Legislation

This week, the Chamber signed on to a coalition letter to Senator Pat Roberts supporting efforts on a national uniform solution on biotech labeling.

LetterDec 07, 2015 - 3:30pm

Multi-Organization Letter to House Speaker Supporting Reform of the Federal Sugar Program

We, the undersigned organizations, respectively urge you to take steps to begin reforming federal sugar policy this year. The House missed an opportunity to address this programmatic dinosaur in the Agricultural Act of 2014 when a number of other farm programs were significantly reformed.