Monsanto is all Good With Voluntary Disclosure of Genetically Developed Foods


Should the United States label genetically modified foods, but if this happens, how? The question is at the heart of a fierce and ongoing obstacles that will only be increased when a U.S. House panel discussion talked about legislation later this week that could establish voluntary GMO labeling for foods. Biotechnology company Monsanto has supported the legislation, and critics debate that such backing is clearly implied about the measure that would cater to the agriculture industry instead of protecting consumers.
The Health Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee has planned to meet this Thursday to hear testimony from experts and debate the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015, authored by Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., and Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C. The list of professional witnesses had not yet been released as of Monday, however they were expected to talk about the role of biotechnology in U.S. food supply, as well as “the safety of foods derived from genetically engineered crops and the need for national review and labeling standards for such products,” in reference to a press release from the Energy and Commerce Committee.
The proposed legislation is aimed in the direction of setting a national standard for labeling foods that have been genetically modified or developed with genetically modified ingredients, as states take action to pass laws of their own requiring such disclosures. If the national measure gets a green light, it would not require labeling outright. Instead, it would need the Food and Drug Administration to do a safety review of foods that have been genetically developed, prior to the agency deciding whether labeling was needed.
One direction of the bill is to head off the development of labeling requirements that are different state to state, individuals who stabbed behind the bill have stated. In the federal government, “people see what could happen if we end up with a patchwork, with state-by-state legislation,” stated Claire Parker, a spokeswoman for the Coalition for Safe and Affordable Food. However, individuals who are in support of a more stringent labeling requirements stated the bill plainly caves to industry interests. Critics have given it the name Monsanto’s “dream bill” and an online petition depicts the bill as “prohibit[ing] states from requiring the labeling of genetically engineered foods.” The petition states, “We have a right to know what is in our food so that we can make informed choices about the food we eat.”


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