GMO Food Labeling Supported by Corn Growers
The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) applauded the introduction today of legislation to create a national, science-based labeling standard for foods containing genetically modified organisms and urged Congress to quickly pass the bill.
The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, introduced by Republican Senator Mike Pompeo of Kansas and Democratic Senator G.K. Butterfield of North Carolina, will collaboratively ensure that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration remains the authority on food safety and labeling in the United States.
Additionally, by establishing federal standards around a voluntary GMO-free label, this bill strikes an important balance between providing consumers choice and clarity in the grocery aisle and protecting a technology that is vital to American farmers.
According to NCGA President and Maryland farmer Chip Bowling:
Farmers and consumers agree on the need for clear, consistent labeling [that] should be science-based and uniform in all 50 states. In the absence of a national solution to GMO labeling, we risk increased food prices for American families and continued confusion in the marketplace. 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.