Biotechnology Innovation Organization discusses GMO labeling laws

Vermont's GMO food labeling law goes into effect in July.
Vermont's GMO food labeling law goes into effect in July. | File photo

Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), a company dedicated to providing the facts about Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) ingredients, released a statement in response to the Senate’s failure to advance a national GMO labeling law.

"We want to thank Senate leaders – especially Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) – for supporting legislation which would significantly increase the amount of GMO food disclosure available to consumers,” BIO’s Executive Vice President for Food & Agriculture Brian Baenig said. “While we are disappointed 60 Senators could not yet reach an agreement on this bill, BIO will continue to work with Senate leaders to find a bipartisan solution to the GMO food labeling issue in a way that meets consumers’ needs, protects farmers’ rights and promotes the use of biotechnology to help feed the world.”

Baenig believes consumers should have access to the truth of what is in their food and how that food is grown. Labeling laws should not promote one product over another, as the Vermont law that goes into effect in July, does.

“Modern farming and biotechnology has enabled farmers to grow more food on less land with fewer pesticide applications, less water and reduced fuel use," Baenig said. "The Vermont food labeling law vilifies a safe and beneficial technology that has revolutionized agriculture and made food more affordable."

He urges the public to search the GMO Answers website for answers to questions about GMOs.

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