Corn and soybean grower organizations applauded the introduction Wednesday of the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, legislation that would create a national, science-based labeling standard for foods containing genetically modified organisms.
“Farmers and consumers agree on the need for clear, consistent labeling. Labels should be science-based and uniform in all 50 states,” said National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling, a farmer from Maryland. “This legislation provides a common-sense solution for American consumers looking for additional information about the food they buy, while providing certainty to the farmers who produce it. We urge Congress to support it.”
“This bill would end confusion for consumers over which food products do not contain biotech ingredients by establishing a national standard for non-GMO labels,” said American Soybean Association president Wade Cowan of Texas. “As consumers ourselves, we agree wholeheartedly, and think that a simple, clear label for products that don’t contain GMOs is the way to provide shoppers the clarity and information they demand.”
The bi-partisan bill, brought forward by Reps. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) and G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), seeks to establish one common framework for labeling at the national level.