(Washington, D.C.) – Pamela G. Bailey, President and CEO of the Grocery Manufacturers Association and Charles F. Conner, President and CEO of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives and the co-chairs of the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food, released the following statement today in support of the Roberts-Stabenow GMO labeling agreement:
“This is the solution needed for the entire food chain in our nation from farm to fork: consumers, farmers, food producers, manufacturers, retailers and small businesses. Chairman Roberts and Senator Stabenow demonstrated real leadership by coming together on a bipartisan agreement that provides certainty to consumers and protects our national food chain from the costly negative impacts of Vermont’s on-package labeling mandate. By offering increased transparency and disclosure in a clear and consistent manner, this legislation will ensure consumers who want to learn more about the products they buy have the ability to do so.”
“The bipartisan Senate agreement is welcome news for farmers, consumers and food manufacturers across the United States. This solution increases consumer access to additional product information without stigmatizing a safe, proven technology that is relied on by American farmers. While Vermont’s GMO on-package labeling mandate is set to take effect on July 1, we remain confident that, with today’s Senate agreement, a national solution can be passed into law by Congress before the negative impacts of Vermont’s law become pervasive. “
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.