The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine released a report earlier this week on GMO crops that reaffirmed what thousands of other studies have found, and what farmers, scientists and educated consumers have known all along: genetically engineered crops are safe and beneficial to agriculture, human health and the environment. In a statement issued Thursday, AFBF President Zippy Duvall thanked the academies for doing a thorough, scientific review of GMOs.
Duvall also pointed out that the Academies found that a label is not needed for food made from genetically engineered crops because those foods are as safe to consume as any other.
“This finding is timely, as the Senate has yet to pass legislation to pre-empt state-by-state labeling mandates—mandates that are not based on science or food safety issues and would be misleading and costly for consumers,” Duvall said. “The study gives senators all the evidence they need to support a national, voluntary labeling standard and we urge them to do so soon—before it is too late to halt the non-science-based labeling mandate in Vermont.”
Report (free PDF)