This morning, Grocery Manufacturers Association President Pamela Bailey gave an important speech, in which she warned of the real, extensive and lasting impacts of reformulation on the American food supply. As POLITICO reported, unless the Senate takes immediate action to stand up for agricultural biotechnology, farmers and food producers face an uncertain future.
Without a uniform, national labeling standard, the growing patchwork of GMO labeling mandates, beginning with Vermont’s law, is driving companies to consider reformulating their products to move away from now-stigmatized GMO ingredients.
The GMO on-package labeling requirement in Vermont is an example of the severe and far-reaching impact non-science based policies have not only on manufacturers but also on farmers and on every family in America.
Bailey made three things very clear:
The crux of Bailey’s remarks culminated in the fact that reformulation will have a real and lasting impact on the American food supply chain. The stakes are high, and the impact of Senate inaction will be devastating to the American farmers, food producers and families that rely on safe, affordable food.
In sum, if you back sound science, support farmers’ continued access to ag biotech, and are concerned about consumer costs, food companies reformulating out of biotech ingredients and food manufacturing jobs moving overseas – action is urgently needed. We must put a stop to the patchwork and protect America’s safe, affordable food supply before it is too late.
The U.S. Senate must pass a bipartisan compromise NOW.
Read POLITICO’s full report here.
We are a broad-based coalition representing the entire American agriculture food supply chain – from farm to fork. We are committed to increasing the public’s understanding about the science and safety of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and advocating for science-based policies that keep food affordable for every American.