The USCA, both individually and as part of the Coalition for Safe, Affordable Food, submitted letters to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service regarding the establishment of a national bioengineered food disclosure standard. The Coalition actively supports a "uniform national disclosure standard for bioengineered food [that] prevents a patchwork of state-by-state or other governmental subdivision food labeling requirements that would have driven up food costs for consumers." The USCA recommends establishing a 5 percent threshold for triggering the disclosure and calls for the exemption of this disclosure on refined foods made from bioengineered ingredients that do not contain genetic material, such as canola oil.
The USCA submitted public comments Aug. 31 on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) proposed Renewable Fuel Standard volume requirements for 2018-19. The EPA calls for biomass-based diesel volumes of 2.1 billion gallons for 2019 (the same level as 2018) and advanced biofuels volumes of 4.24 billion gallons for 2018 (below the 4.28 level in 2017). In its comments, the USCA urged EPA to increase the volumes for biomass-based diesel to 2.5 billion gallons for 2019 and for total advanced biofuels to 4.75 billion gallons in 2018. Around 1 billion pounds of canola oil is used annually in biodiesel production, accounting for about 10 percent of U.S. annual production. The USCA noted that canola biodiesel contributes to the expansion and diversification of U.S. fuel and energy production, reduces emissions and improves air quality, and provides jobs and additional economic benefits, especially in rural communities.