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BIO Urges the US Senate to Keep Working to Solve GMO Food Labeling Concerns

Wed, 16 Mar 2016 20:32:56 CDT

BIO Urges the US Senate to Keep Working to Solve GMO Food Labeling Concerns The U.S. Senate was unable to advance a national solution to GMO food labeling. It is essential for Senate leaders to continue working to reach a much-needed compromise over the coming days, as failure to move forward allows costly and confusing state-based measures such as Vermont's GMO food labeling law to take effect in July.    

Brian Baenig, Executive Vice President for Food & Agriculture for the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), issued the following statement in response:

"We want to thank Senate leaders especially Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) for supporting legislation which would significantly increase the amount of GMO food disclosure available to consumers.   

"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.

"Consumers should have access to information about how our food is grown, but that information needs to be conveyed in an accurate and fact-based way. When labels are mandated to promote one product over another and exempt broad categories of food groups as the Vermont law does consumers are confused, not informed.

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

"Regardless of the political landscape, we will continue to urge the public to seek information about technology and food production through the GMO Answers website and other value chain resources."



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