The American Soybean Association (ASA) recently encouraged the House of Representatives to pass a legislation for the labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMO).
The bill, which uses science-based standards for labeling, was recently approved by the House Agriculture Committee.
The bill would create consistent and clear national frameworks for voluntarily labeling foods that are free of GMO and foods that contain biotechnology. If passed by the House, the bill would offer customers with the proper information on product labels.
“Consumers continue to demand more transparency and accountability from food producers. This bill ensures that a multi-state patchwork of state regulations is avoided, as the wide range of potential individual and conflicting non-GMO labeling schemes,” Wade Cowan, ASA president and a soybean farmer from Brownfield, Texas, said.
“We’ve seen that the effort to bring clarity to the GMO labeling debate has significant support on both sides of the aisle,” Cowan said. “It’s clear that consumers want practical solutions that give them the confidence they want in their food, and this legislation does exactly that. In the coming weeks, we’ll meet with every lawmaker in soybean country to urge them to support this legislation. It’s a bill that moves us closer to a science-based dialogue on food and farm issues, and we will encourage every member of the House to get behind it.”
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