Bill to Label GMOs a No-Go

March 17, 2016 10:52 AM

The U.S. Senate has blocked a bill that would have set a national voluntary GMO labeling standard. A cloture vote on the bill, submitted by Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kansas), needed 60 votes to pass but came up short 48-49.

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Some industry groups, including the National Corn Growers Association, were in favor of the bill.

"U.S. corn farmers are disappointed that, despite the clear demonstration of support from nearly 800 groups, the Senate failed to move this reasonable legislation forward,” according to NCGA president Chip Bowling. “This legislation would have provided consumers with a greater amount of information in a consistent, clear manner.”

Recent farmer polling, however, suggests that most farmers are not in favor of GMO labeling requirements. More than 1,600 farmers responded to a March 16 Farm Journal Pulse poll – of them, only 19% are in favor of labeling food with GMO ingredients as such. Another 65% are against it, and 16% remain unsure. Those results are almost identical to a similar 2013 Pulse poll.

Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) told AgriTalk that the bill was intended to provide consistency from state to state.

“The vote today was disappointing for people who understand that one of the purposes of the constitution was to ensure that interstate commerce worked,” he says. “And for interstate commerce to work, you can’t have every state have the potential to decide that they’re going to have a different labeling system and different penalties if something comes into their state that violates their unique labeling system.”

Do you think food containing GMO ingredients should be labeled as such? Add your thoughts to the comments below.

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Spell Check

Caldwell, ID
3/18/2016 11:55 AM

  Maybe folks would trust GMO more if the GMO folks actually campaigned to have GMO on the label of their products instead of wanting it a secret. Think Ford would sell trucks without the Ford emblem?

Suzanne Buell
Eastford, CT
3/18/2016 10:32 AM

  How many consumers can tell you what exactly has been done to create a GE strain of corn or beans and how the modification works in the plant to achieve its purpose on the cellular level? And how that DNA change is digested by ruminants or humans? Genes mutate naturally and we have practiced selective breeding for centuries. Does that make the seed we plant now bad for you because it's not what was planted in the 1600's or 1700's or 1800's? There would be a whole lot more people dead of starvation if it was. Population has exploded because there is abundant fotrod available. Food does not magically appear in grocery stores people. You can't feed New York City on "locally grown" . There aren't enough acres in Central Park. Even the state of New York can't provide every food on the grocery store shelves that consumers expect due to climate and land base restrictions.

Swanton, VT
3/19/2016 09:01 AM

  Before gmo corn when whe plow in the field in fall a lot of seagulls where fallowing in the furrow in the back of the tractor they eated worms because There was a lot of worms in soil.worms are very use full in soil. we had a pasture for dairy cows near the barn for more than 50 years.in2011 we seed gmo soya bean in that pasture in no till,in2012 we seed corn gmo bt smart stack ,geneutuy, all-dressed,ect. In 2013 we seed soya bean gmo the summer i saw the structure of soil was changing it bicame harder, i took a shovel and i did not find anay worms they all disapeared. Could it be the résidues in corn left on soil after the crop Who kills all the worms .worms eat residue and Die? In 2014 we seed corn non gmo and in 2015 i saw worms are coking back slowly iwill Check that in 2016 . I banned gmo plant for the moment


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