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"The state Grown & Certified program, approved as part of the state budget in the spring, will be open to New York farmers, more than 100 of which already have expressed interest in having the state's seal of approval affixed to their goods, according to Cuomo's office. Under the certification program, the state Agriculture and Health departments will visit farms to certify that products are being raised and produced in accordance with such labeling and state regulations. In addition to the certification, the state will begin a marketing campaign to promote awareness of the standards and New York growers who take part. While Cuomo touted the benefits of a state certification program, he did not offer such full-throated support of genetically modified organism labeling. 'GMO is very controversial because people argue about the definition and many will say there are good genetic modifications, it's not necessarily true that all genetic modifications are", www.timesunion.com
"Donald Trump isn’t the only pol going after China. Gov. Cuomo questioned the safety of food grown in China Thursday as he promoted a program to certify farm produce grown in New York State. “Food safety is knowing what we eat and where it came from and how it was handled,” he said. “The lack of knowledge is frightening.” The governor added that food labeled 'organic' and sold in the United States can come from polluted land in China. “China is producing a lot of our food,” he said during a press conference at the Hunts Point wholesale market in The Bronx. “Their official reports say 80 percent of the land is polluted, 20 percent of the water is polluted,” Cuomo continued. “Organic from China - You don't really know how these products were grown. The FDA inspects one percent of products that come in and, when you walk down the aisle of a grocery store, it is like the United Nations. This from", nypost.com
"The New York food labeling program is aimed at determining food safety, including how the food was grown, produced and what chemicals were used in its production. The program itself is voluntary for farmers to participate in through the Department of Agriculture and Markets.", www.twcnews.com
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