Urge the House to Vote YES on the Roberts-Stabenow GMO Labeling Agreement
I urge you to vote yes on S. 764, the Roberts-Stabenow GMO labeling agreement, and any accompanying rule when the House considers this legislation this week.
S. 764 recently passed the Senate on a bipartisan vote of 63 to 30. It will establish national GMO labeling and disclosure uniformity and provide consumers with more consistent, reliable information about bioengineered food. By doing so, it will preserve stability in the U.S. food value chain and reduce negative impacts on consumers, farmers, and agricultural innovation that a patchwork of multiple state GMO labeling laws foretells.
It is essential for the House to act immediately. Vermont’s mandatory GMO labeling law took effect on July 1. That state’s law is already generating chaos in the food chain and will, if not replaced with a uniform federal program, raise food prices for consumers. In the absence of such a national standard, many food companies already have been forced to undertake costly measures to comply with Vermont’s law, either through special labeling or sourcing more expensive non-GMO ingredients, and many more will face such choices as more and different state labeling laws proliferate across the country.
By voting yes on S. 764 and any accompanying rule in the House, you will have a hand in preserving agricultural innovation, providing consumers with more consistent and reliable information about their food while keeping prices affordable, and enabling farmers to meet our nation’s domestic and international food security goals. Again, please support this landmark legislation.