Pending Food Label Law Would Provide Federal Solution To A Federal Issue
By Rick Grant
US representatives Jim McGovern, Democrat of Massachusetts, and Chellie Pingree, Democrat of Maine, claim that polls show overwhelming support for labeling foods that contain some ingredients derived from seeds that have been genetically engineered (“Make GMO label a must,” Op-ed, July 21). In fact, voters in California, Washington, Oregon, and Colorado have all rejected GMO labeling in referendums staged by labeling proponents over the last three years.
The US House has just passed the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, which provides a federal solution to a federal issue — the regulation, safety, nutritional value, and labeling of our food. Attempts by states, such as Massachusetts, to mandate labeling are founded in a misunderstanding of science.
Every leading scientific body in the United States, including the American Medical Association, the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, have studied the issue and concluded that genetically modified foods pose no danger and are as safe and nutritious as organic or non-GMO foods.
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.