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

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.

Above the FoldMay 09, 2017 - 11:00am
U.S. President Donald Trump with Justin Trudeau, Canada's prime minister. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

How Allies Of Trade Came to NAFTA’s Defense

I have been impressed to learn just how broad support for NAFTA is among American companies of every size, sector, and region.

Above the FoldMay 17, 2016 - 12:00pm
A Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone, and an Apple iPhone 5c.

The Next President ― and the Internet's Third Wave

We are at the dawn of a new economic order, and people don’t realize how fast the tectonic plates are about to shift.

Above the FoldJul 10, 2015 - 2:45pm
A Domino's employee stretches pizza dough.

FDA Tosses Menu Labeling Delay to Pizza Joints and Supermarkets

While the regulation is intended to fight obesity, it’s questionable whether mandated calorie labels are effective.

Above the FoldMar 13, 2015 - 10:30am

The U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement at Three

Korean tariffs on approximately 80% of U.S. consumer and industrial exports were eliminated when KORUS entered into force, and bilateral trade has increased since that time. Trade is likely to expand further as the share of duty-free trade rises to 95% of all goods next year and as U.S. exporters continue to take advantage of new market access opportunities.

Above the FoldMar 03, 2015 - 10:15am

Studies Cast Doubt on Value of Mandated Calorie Counts

According to public health advocates and the Obama administration, requiring food service establishments to post calorie counts on menus was just the ticket for getting consumers to opt for healthier meals.

Above the FoldFeb 10, 2015 - 4:15pm
Egypt wheat Bloomberg

Effort Bringing Food Security to the Table in Egypt

A system from Florida-based Blumberg Grain is addressing food security in Egypt and transforming the way wheat is handled.

Above the FoldDec 10, 2014 - 5:00pm

Congress: Plan Now to Avert UnCOOL Disaster

The so called “Cromnibus” filed last night addresses hundreds of policy issues. One of these is how the United States can defuse the threat to billions of dollars’ worth of U.S. exports in the Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) dispute.