NEWS: Alaska House Votes to Oppose the Sale of Frankenfish

Juneau – The Alaska House of Representatives voted unanimously Friday night in favor of House Joint Resolution 28 sponsored by House Resources Committee member Representative Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage). HJR 28 puts the Alaska House on record opposing the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of a genetically engineered salmon being sold for human consumption. Additionally, the resolution urges Congress to enact legislation requiring genetically engineered products be labeled.

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Rep. Kawasaki’s Newsletter: Happy Thanksgiving!

After an ‘extra-helping’ of a special session, I’m glad to be back home in Fairbanks, where there is no shortage of things to do. Over the next few weeks,Governor Bill Walker will unveil his budget details, portions of a fiscal plan and set the tone for the next legislative session that begins in January. The Finance Committee, of which I am a member, will be focused on the fiscal gap and a fiscal solution. It won’t be easy, but it will be necessary.

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NEWS: Feds Approve “Frankenfish” Despite Widespread Opposition and Unacceptable Risks to Alaska’s Abundant Wild Salmon Resource

ANCHORAGE – Today, the Food and Drug Administration, for the first time ever, approved the human consumption of a genetically modified animal. The FDA approved AquaBounty Technologies application to raise a genetically modified fast growing Atlantic salmon despite widespread concerns about the health risks to humans and negative impacts to wild salmon populations.

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NEWS: Label GMOs: Alaskans Have a Right to Know What’s in Their Food

Today, Representative Scott Kawasaki pre-filed legislation to ensure Alaskans know whether the foods they are buying have been genetically engineered and to what extent. The legislation (HB219) would require all genetically modified (GMO) food sold in Alaska to be labeled clearly with information related to whether and how it was genetically modified.

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NEWS: Rep. Tarr Pre-files Food Security Legislation

Today, Representative Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage) introduced two bills aimed at increasing food security in Alaska. One measure would increase the amount of food Alaska agencies buy from local sources, and the second measure would require genetically modified (GMO) food products sold in Alaska to be labeled as such.

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NEWS: Success and Collaboration at PNWER

Rep. Tarr Wins Support for Alaska Seafood Labeling

Today, Representative Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage) persuaded the Agriculture Work Group at the Pacific Northwest Economic Region summit not to oppose country of origin (COOL) labeling for seafood in its Action Plan. While some in the beef and pork industry want to eliminate COOL labeling, Alaska seafood producers support labeling.

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