Colorado Corn On GMO labeling
Colorado Farm Bureau
Morning Ag Clips
With only 13 days left for the U.S. Senate to act before Vermont’s GMO-labeling mandate takes effect and the negative consequences spread across the nation, Colorado leaders today called on U.S. Senators Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner to urge Senate leadership to bring a bipartisan solution to the Senate floor for a vote.
“There is not a more urgent issue currently facing the farming community in Colorado,” said Brent Boydston with the Colorado Farm Bureau. “Our leaders in Washington need to find a solution that will pass with bipartisan support. They’ve had plenty of time to talk through all the issues, now it’s time to get something done for Colorado family farms and small businesses.”
On July 1, Vermont will become the first state to implement its own GMO-labeling mandate. Food and agricultural groups have been voicing concern for the last two years that such a standard would do significant damage to the country’s integrated national food chain, limiting consumer choice, increasing labeling uncertainty and raising food prices for all Americans as a result. A study released earlier this year by the Corn Refiners Association found that American families could see their food bills rise by as much as $1,000 annually.
In November 2014, Colorado voters overwhelmingly opposed a ballot initiative that would have created a law similar to Vermont’s, rejecting the negative consequences associated with a patchwork of state labeling laws. But now, if the U.S. Senate fails to pass a bill setting a national standard instead of state-by-state laws, the costly impacts of Vermont’s law could spread to Colorado anyway. This would create tremendous uncertainty for Colorado’s agricultural industry, which supports $41 billion in economic activity and nearly 175,000 jobs.
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.