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Statement of Zippy Duvall, President, American Farm Bureau Federation, Regarding Approval of Sen. Roberts' GMO Labeling Bill by the Senate Agriculture Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 1, 2016 - "Today's bipartisan committee approval of Chairman Pat Roberts' labeling bill is a reaffirmation of common sense and fair play in the marketplace. The legislation establishes national standards for foods made with genetically engineered ingredients, ensuring consumers and farmers aren't forced to deal with a confusing patchwork of different state labeling mandates. It requires that labels be based in science and supports our long-standing grassroots policy for voluntary labeling and factual information sharing on the value of this important agricultural technology.

"Farm Bureau believes in meaningful disclosure that serves to inform and educate consumers on the innovative technologies farmers and ranchers use to provide food for this nation and our customers around the world. We support Chairman Roberts' bill without hesitation, we appreciate the bipartisan support shown by the committee, and we look forward to swift passage by the Senate. We stand ready to work with Senate and House leaders to finalize this important legislation and secure the president's signature."

Contacts:   Will Rodger
(202) 406-3642
  Mace Thornton
(202) 406-3641