Statement by NCFC President Chuck Conner on Approval of the Chairman’s Mark on Biotech Labeling Bill

Washington, D.C. (March 1, 2016)—“The bipartisan action today by the Senate Agriculture Committee in approving the chairman’s mark on a biotech labeling solution is a key step forward to preventing a crazy quilt patchwork of state GMO labeling laws and the increased consumer food prices that would result. This bill injects common sense, uniformity and transparency to the debate over this issue. At the same time, the bill would also create a program to better communicate with the public about GMOs.

“The need for action is clear—companies will soon start making changes in their supply chains to comply with the Vermont GMO labeling law this summer. A recent study shows that food prices could increase $1,000 a year per family as a result. Delaying action on this legislation any further is a luxury that we can no longer afford as a nation.

“We appreciate the leadership shown by Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts in moving this legislation forward and look forward to the continuing discussions between him and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow on ways in which to broaden support for the measure even further.

“NCFC and its members call on Senate leadership to schedule a floor vote on this legislation as soon as possible.”

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