Thursday, July 7, 2016

Just in from Capitol Hill

Farm Bureau urges quick action on Senate GMO labeling bill

Washington-Farm Bureau is asking lawmakers in the Senate to quickly pass a bipartisan bill that establishes federal pre-emption of state-by-state mandatory GMO labeling laws so the House can follow suit and get the measure to the president for his signature.

Having approved cloture on Wednesday with five more votes than the 60 needed, senators are expected to approve the bill by Friday. "The legislation is not perfect, but it does take critical steps to prevent a confusing 50-state patchwork of laws disclosing the presence of entirely harmless ingredients," American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall said in a statement.

After analyzing the bill, Farm Bureau determined that while it's not ideal, the legislation correctly puts the federal government in the driver's seat in important areas such as protecting interstate commerce and new crop development techniques. "There is no public health or scientific justification for the bill's mandatory disclosure provisions, but the national uniformity established by this bill is paramount," Duvall said previously.

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