The American Soybean Association (ASA), along with the National Corn Growers Association, the National Cotton Council and the Corn Refiners Association signed an Amici brief supporting the Grocery Manufacturers of America (GMA) and others in challenging Vermont’s law requiring that food products containing biotech ingredients be labeled.

The law, enacted in 2015 and due to go into effect in June 2016, would require food manufacturers to place a pejorative “contains GMO” label on products sold in Vermont.  ASA and other farm organizations are supporting GMA’s argument that the law would disrupt interstate commerce and be expensive for consumers, who would pay the cost of labeling and repackaging products sold in Vermont.

ASA is an active member of the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food, which is supporting federal legislation to establish a voluntary national standard for labeling non-GMO products, and to preempt state biotech labeling laws.