What is in this article?:
- GM-labeling legislation would set federal standards
- More support
- Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act introduced in the House.
- Backed by coalition of commodity and food industry groups.
- Would put GM food labeling under the FDA.
Comments from other supporters of the labeling bill include:
- The American Farm Bureau Federation.
“The diversity of innovative options farmers and ranchers have in regard to how they grow our food is one of the reasons U.S. consumers enjoy a wide variety of foods that are also among the most affordable in the world,” said Bob Stallman, AFBF President. “Farm Bureau supports all production practices -- and common sense, science-based regulations -- that ensure consumers are receiving safe and healthy food. But we will stand adamantly opposed to those who want to take tools and technologies away from America’s farmers and affordable choices away from consumers.
“The GMO labeling ballot initiatives and legislative efforts that many state lawmakers and voters are facing are geared toward making people wrongly fear what they’re eating and feeding their children. They undermine the public’s understanding of the many benefits of biotechnology in feeding a growing population -- and keeping costs down.”
- The National Corn Growers Association.
“A federal GMO labeling solution will allow consumers to feel confident in the safety of American food by affirming the FDA’s sole authority in food safety and labeling decisions,” said Martin Barbre, NCGA President and farmer from Carmi, Ill. “GMOs are important to farmers and to our nation’s food supply as they help us grow a stable supply of crops that can withstand a variety of changing conditions while reducing our use of chemicals…
"America's corn farmers want the same things as families across the country. We want to keep families safe and protect our nation's food supply. That is why we believe it is imperative important decisions about our safety and how we label what we eat should remain in the hands of experts, the scientists at the FDA.”
The National Association of Wheat Growers.
“NAWG is pleased with the introduction of this bill,” said Paul Penner, NAWG president and wheat farmer from Hillsboro, Kan. “It will provide a federal solution on GMO labeling and will bolster consumer confidence in the safety of American food by affirming the FDA’s sole authority in food safety and labeling decisions.”