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April 15, 2014

Farm Bureau Supports Biotech Labeling Legislation

For more information on Newsline, contact: Kari Barbic, Media Specialist, American Farm Bureau Federation, karib@fb.org.

Representatives Mike Pompeo of Kansas and G.K. Butterfield of North Carolina introduced the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act last week. The legislation would clarify the Food and Drug Administration has the authority on the use and labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients. Seanica Otterby has the story.
OtterbyThe American Farm Bureau Federation supports The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act introduced by bipartisan leadership. Kansas Farm Bureau member and farmer Stacey Forshee, who traveled to Washington for the introduction of the bill, says if each state had its own labeling law, it would be very costly to farmers and ranchers. But a national labeling law would be very beneficial.
ForsheeIt’ll just make FDA the nation’s authority on the use of that label and foods that contain GMOs.
OtterbyForshee says biotechnology is a great tool for farmers and the environment, and she believes this legislation will create a conversation with consumers on a national level.
ForsheeThe introduction of this bill will hopefully help people understand GMOs have been proven to be safe. There’s not been a study yet that has proven that any different.
OtterbyForshee believes this legislation will give consumers peace of mind about the use of biotechnology in food production.
ForsheeEighty percent of the food on the grocery store shelves are already made from products that have GMO in them. I believe, that with the extra testing that those foods would have to go through, that they would rest assured that it is 100 percent safe.
OtterbyFarm Bureau believes affirming FDA’s role will assure consumers about GMO safety and reduce confusion that would come from various state labeling initiatives. Seanica Otterby, Washington.

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