The National Corn Growers Association and nearly every organization supporting conventional farming on Thursday quickly praised the U.S. House of Representatives for passage of the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015, H.R. 1599.
The common analysis was that the legislation when enacted following Senate and President Obama approval will create a consumer-friendly, science-based labeling standard for foods made with genetically modified organisms, as well as for GMO-free foods.
“Bipartisan support for this legislation, evident on the floor during today’s House vote, continues to grow” said NCGA Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team chair John Linder, a farmer from Ohio. “We applaud the House for tackling this critical issue head on, and now urge the Senate to act as soon as possible”
Introduced by Reps. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) and G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.), a group of 106 Democrats and Republicans have cosponsored the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act.
“We must pass federal legislation this year to avoid realization of the threat of an unworkable patchwork of state GMO labeling mandates, which will drive up costs for farmers and consumers alike,” Linder said. “With Vermont’s state labeling law set to take effect next July, the looming impacts of this situation increase the urgency of the need for Congress to act on a national labeling law.”
Bob Stallman, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, said, “Congress (the House) stood with farmers and ranchers today in supporting innovation that helps the environment and keeps food prices down for everyone. The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 would protect consumers from confusing and misleading GMO labels and create a national, voluntary labeling standard based on science and common sense.”