GMA statement to The Dr. Oz Show on the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act
Consumers in the United States should have access to the same information regardless of where they live or shop, not different food labeling laws and regulations in different states. The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act is a common-sense bill that provides a uniform national standard for food labels with the kind of clarity and consistency that American consumers deserve and prevents states from enacting legislation that exempts large categories of food while disrupting the national food supply chain.
The legislation provides a clear and consistent answer for shoppers across the country who prefer to buy GMO-free foods by establishing a national GMO-free certification program, based on the popular National Organic Program. The bill also ensures government oversight of new technologies.
The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act received strong bipartisan support when it passed the U.S. House of Representatives in July by a 275-150 vote, with 45 Democrats voting yes. The House also rejected – by an overwhelming 3-to-1 margin (including a majority of Democrats) – mandatory national labels for genetically modified ingredients that are supported by Just Label It and others.
Food labels should be helpful to consumers, but a patchwork of state laws with different information requirements and varying labeling exceptions will confuse consumers, not help them. The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act is a reasonable bill that sets a national science-based labeling standard that prevents confusion and provides certainty for consumers in food labeling.
GMA Statement in Response to Claims that Glyphosate Use Warrants Mandatory GMO Labeling
Glyphosate, which was created 40 years ago, has been used on both conventional and GMO crops alike, and the fact is that GMO labeling mandates will provide consumers no information about when, where, or even if this pesticide was used during crop production.
GMOs enable farmers to be better environmental stewards by helping them grow more crops on less land while using less pesticide, less water and fuel. Since 1996, the use of GMOs has resulted in a reduction of nearly 1 billion pounds in the use of pesticides globally. The environmental benefits of the technology are real and well documented.