A bill introduced by Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) to pre-empt state GMO labeling mandates received support in a vote by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Board of Directors.
The bill would provide consumers access to information to make better food choices at stores while not raising prices for growers.
“The Senate Agriculture Committee this week is marking up a bill to provide American consumers a wealth of easily accessible, accurate information about GMOs through a voluntary, national GMO labeling program,” AFBF President Zippy Duvall said. “The bill would pre-empt a patchwork of mandatory and misleading state GMO labeling laws founded more on scare-tactics than science, and we must move this process forward.”
The federation will continue to monitor the bill’s progress to ensure it continues to be compatible with AFBF’s policies and goals.