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Industrial & Agricultural – Biocom California Advocacy

GE Food Labeling

Biocom supports voluntary food labeling that communicates science-based information relevant to health, safety, and nutrition to consumers, consistent with FDA’s current policy. Biocom opposes legislation that imposes strict mandatory labeling standards that would be misleading to consumers.

Energy programs

In February 2014, Biocom applauded the enactment of the Agricultural Act, also known as the Farm Bill, which provides $881 million in mandatory funding for Energy Title programs, including the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program, the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), and the Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI), as well as eligibility for renewable chemicals. Farm bills commonly refer to legislation authorizing funding for programs within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in five-year increments. Since 2002, Farm Bills have funded energy programs (under “the Energy Title”), which have facilitated the development of biorenewable energy, including biofuels and biobased products. Biocom will work with Congress this year to ensure the timely reauthorization of the Farm Bill, which is set to expire in September 2018.

Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)

Biocom strongly supports preserving the RFS and opposes any attempts to weaken or eliminate it. The RFS has enabled the development of advanced and cellulosic biofuels and helps support continued investment in these innovative technologies, which in turn helps reduce our dependency on foreign energy sources, generates economic activity, creates jobs, and protects the environment.

Biocom Policy Statements

  • 2018 National Farm Bill Energy Title Support – Download
  • Biocom Farm Bill Energy Programs One-Pager – Download
  • Biocom Farm Bill Press Release – Download
  • Multistakeholder GE Food Labeling Support Letter – Download
  • Multistakeholder Farm Bill Energy Programs Support Letter – Download