The Senate Agriculture Committee on Tuesday (March 01), approved Sen. Pat Roberts’ GMO labeling bill on a 14-6 vote, a move that met with Farm Bureau’s approval. The legislation is to receive a high priority for scheduling by the majority leader.
AFBF President Zippy Duvall called the bipartisan committee approval of the bill “a reaffirmation of common sense and fair play in the marketplace” in a statement. “The legislation establishes national standards for foods made with genetically engineered ingredients, ensuring consumers and farmers aren’t forced to deal with a confusing patchwork of different state labeling mandates,” Duvall said. Further, “It requires that labels be based in science and supports our long-standing grassroots policy for voluntary labeling and factual information sharing on the value of this important agricultural technology.”