Randy Veach: Voluntary, National Standard For Labeling Foods With Genetically Modified Ingredients A Wise Move
By Randy Veach
Talk Business & Politics
The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, passed July 23 in the U.S. House of Representatives, is common-sense legislation that affirms the federal government’s role at the top of America’s food safety pyramid. It creates a single, unified standard for food to be labeled as “GMO free” as part of a USDA program modeled after the popular USDA Organics program, and protects food companies and consumers from a costly and confusing patchwork of state-by-state labeling laws.
The proposal passed the House by a 275-150 margin, including support from all four members of the Arkansas delegation, Reps. Rick Crawford of Jonesboro, Steve Womack of Rogers, Bruce Westerman of Hot Springs and French Hill of Little Rock. A companion bill is likely to draw Senate attention this fall.
Almost as if on cue we have heard loud complaints from some anti-Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) campaigners, who have ramped up their volley of rancor and confusion in an effort to demonize science and efficiencies designed to feed a growing world.
American farmers have used GMOs for more than two decades. In that time, every major scientific and health organization, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, has concluded GMOs are as safe as any other food. These truths have been problematic for anti-GMO groups, who initially tried to create fears of health risks.
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.