GMO Labeling Bill Passes Senate Ag Committee

Minnesota Soybean applauds the Senate Agriculture Committee as earlier today it passed legislation from Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) that would establish a national framework for the labeling of bioengineered food products, or GMOs. The legislation passed the committee with the support of all 11 Republican members, as well as Democrats Amy Klobuchar, Joe Donnelly and Heidi Heitkamp. No amendments were included in the bill.

“GMO labeling has been a long fought battle,” said Minnesota Soybean CEO Tom Slunecka. “Minnesota has invested many hours into ensuring that agriculture’s voice is heard. The passing of a unified, national labeling standard would allow Minnesota’s products to continue to be used across the United States, as well as the globe. This is a step in the right direction.”

American Soybean Association (ASA) President Richard Wilkins said the benefits of biotechnology will be a focus when meeting with senators in the upcoming weeks.

“Now, our attention turns to the full Senate, and we will begin our press on senators from both parties to support this legislation,” Wilkins said. “For soybean farmers, the bill represents our continued ability to use biotechnology within our operations. It means growing more while using less, and it means meeting the needs of a demanding American marketplace, and growing global population. We will communicate those benefits to senators every day until this bill is passed and signed into law.”