KyCorn thanks Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts and ranking Democrat Debbie Stabenow of Michigan for their work to put forth the agreement announced that will address the growing threat of a patchwork of state labeling laws. We strongly urge the Senate and House to both act as swiftly as possible to pass this important legislation.
"America's farmers rely on GMOs to protect their crops from insects, weeds and drought. The agreement that, through consistent leadership Chairman Roberts and Stabenow put forth, is a win for consumers, farmers and manufacturers," said Laura Knoth, KyCorn Executive Director. "They have set an example for colleagues in both chambers, who should both take up this issue immediately."
Vermont's mandatory law requiring on-package labels of foods containing ingredients that have been genetically modified takes effect in July, and unless Congress acts now, families, farmers and food companies will face chaos in the market and higher costs. Multiple studies have shown that the associated costs with Vermont's GMO-labeling law and a subsequent patchwork of state laws will cost American families hundreds of dollars more in groceries each year - with low-income Americans being hit the hardest.
The Roberts-Stabenow agreement brings continuity to the marketplace, ensuring that consumers have the access to product information they deserve without stigmatizing this safe, proven technology valued by American farmers.
For more information on the need for a federal labeling standard, visit the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food, at www.CFSAF.org.