FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 17, 2013
Contact: Melisa Augusto, 202-314-3191
Dan McEvily, 202-314-3104
WASHINGTON (April 17, 2013) – National Farmers Union (NFU) is applauding the World Farmers Organisation (WFO) for adopting its first policy on international trade. The historic policy was adopted during the WFO’s third General Assembly in Niigata, Japan this week.
“The WFO is committed to the pursuit of ambitious trade policy objectives and the reinforcement of the global agricultural trading system so that we can operate in a fair, transparent and predictable trading environment,” the policy noted.
Among its key policy objectives, the WFO body highlighted the need for country-of-origin labeling requirements that allow countries to distinguish their products without distorting trade.
“America’s farmers, ranchers and livestock producers take great pride in making high-quality products available to consumers, who are demanding more information about from where their food comes,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “We are pleased that the WFO recognizes the importance of country-of-origin labeling and has incorporated the principle into its trade policy.”
According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, 57 countries, including Canada and Mexico, require some form of country-of-origin labeling for food. These countries account for 94 percent of U.S. trading activity for food and animals.
Also in attendance at the event alongside Johnson were Secretary of the NFU Board of Directors and Minnesota Farmers Union President Doug Peterson, North Dakota Farmers Union President Woody Barth, Montana Farmers Union President Alan Merrill, Wisconsin Farmers Union President Darin Von Ruden and NFU General Counsel Dave Velde. NFU Vice President of International Relations Robert Carlson serves as president of WFO. The General Assembly concludes April 18.
The WFO brings together national agricultural producer organizations and farmer-owned cooperative organizations to create policies and advocate on world farmers’ behalf, in order to improve the economic situation and livelihood of producers, their families and their rural communities. For more information on the WFO, please visit www.WFO-OMA.org.
National Farmers Union has been working since 1902 to protect and enhance the economic well-being and quality of life for family farmers, ranchers and rural communities through advocating grassroots-driven policy positions adopted by its membership.