Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) was recently applauded by the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) for his legislation to streamline labeling laws.
“The introduction of Roberts’s proposal is an important first step to restoring sanity to America’s food labeling laws,” National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling said. “[Genetically-modified organisms] are perfectly safe and America’s farmers rely on this proven technology to protect our crops from insects, weeds and drought. Important food safety and labeling decisions should be made by the scientists and qualified policymakers at the FDA, not political activists and campaigns. Yet, despite the scientific evidence, states such as Vermont are quickly moving toward costly, confusing mandatory labeling legislation.
"It is imperative that the Senate takes up this issue quickly to avoid a situation in which all American consumers pay a high price and gain little actual information.”
On July 1, Vermont’s law will take effect if Congress does not act, meaning families, farmers and food companies will all be paying higher prices for the same food. Roberts’ proposal will enable families to access the information they want while also making sure the technology is not stigmatized through inaccurate information that has the potential to hurt the American farmer.
NCGA, a member of the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food, has been working for an agreeable solution for over two years.