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

LetterSep 13, 2016 - 3:45pm

Letter on H.R. 3687, the "Cuba Agricultural Exports Act"

This letter was sent to the members of the House Agriculture Committee in support of H.R. 3687, the “Cuba Agricultural Exports Act,” which would repeal restrictions on financing for agricultural exports to Cuba. The Committee will hold a hearing on American agricultural exports to Cuba tomorrow morning.

Press ReleaseJul 14, 2016 - 12:45pm

U.S. Chamber Praises National Solution to Biotech Food Labeling Issue

Legislation Passed Today Represents Major Step Forward in Providing Regulatory Certainty and Clear Consumer Information

LetterJul 13, 2016 - 10:15am

Key Vote Letter to House Supporting S. 764 (Roberts-Stabenow Biotech Labeling Legislation)

This Key Vote Alert! letter was sent to the members of the U.S. House of Representatives in support of S. 764, the Roberts-Stabenow GMO food labeling legislation.

LetterJul 11, 2016 - 12:00pm

Coalition Letter to House Leadership Supporting S. 764 (Roberts-Stabenow Biotech Labeling Legislation)

Dear Speaker Ryan, Minority Leader Pelosi, Majority Leader McCarthy, and Minority Whip Hoyer,

LetterJul 08, 2016 - 4:15pm

Hill Letter to House Supporting S. 764 (Roberts-Stabenow Biotech Labeling Legislation)

TO THE MEMBERS OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce urges the House to consider and pass before the upcoming recess S. 764, a bill, which passed the Senate on July 7, to establish a federal standard for biotechnology in agriculture and preempt state labeling regimes.

LetterJul 08, 2016 - 11:30am

Letter on S. 764, GMO Food Labeling Legislation

This letter was sent to the members of the U.S. House of Representatives urging them to take up and pass S. 764, legislation passed yesterday by the Senate that would establish a national labeling standard for bioengineered foods.

Press ReleaseJul 07, 2016 - 11:00pm

U.S. Chamber Praises Senate for Bipartisan Passage of Food Labeling Agreement

Legislation Will Prevent Cost Increases for Consumers, Give Certainty to Farmers and Food CompaniesWASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President for Government Affairs Bruce Josten released the following statement today applauding the Senate for passage of S. 764, common-sense biotech labeling legislation:

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