CFSAF Coalition Says GMO Labeling Solution Needed Now
As of Thursday, there will be only seven days left on the legislative calendar for Congress to pass a bipartisan solution before Vermont’s mandatory on-package labeling law goes into effect July 1. Failure to find and pass legislation by July 1 will have costly and lasting effects on the nation’s food supply chain, was the message from the Coalition for Safe, Affordable Food (CFSAF).
In a media call Thursday morning, members of the coalition made a final plea to Senate Agriculture Committee chairman Pat Roberts (R., Kan.) and ranking member Debbie Stabenow (D., Mich.) to reach a solution to enable enough time to avoid the chaos they project will come once Vermont’s law goes into effect.
Chuck Conner, president and chief executive officer of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, said discussions between Roberts and Stabenow have moved to a point described as within inches and he said that is an accurate assessment.
“Our encouragement for Roberts and Stabenow is to finish off the final inches,” Conner said. “We need a win. We need them to finish off the small legislative differences that remain.”
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.