Farmers and ranchers support voluntary labeling of GMO products

By Gene Hall

I support a GMO product labeling law. Shocked? Well, it’s not THAT one. It’s this one—the Pompeo Bill.

Under its provisions, food sellers may voluntarily label food as GMO-free and gain any market advantage that exists. It also creates a meaningful standard, a certification for those products, under the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) supervision.

If this sounds like an approach that might work, it already has. Organic certification and labeling under USDA has functioned this way for years. In fact, since organic production itself specifies no GMOs, this is a multilayered labeling system that will make it quite easy to avoid a product that is perfectly safe to start with—if you want to.

The legislation protects companies that choose to label their products as “GMO-free” and allows the rest of agriculture to operate at maximum efficiency, providing an equally safe product at much lower costs.

Most of the anti-GMO crowd would like to do the opposite: impose strict standards and costs for any product that utilizes biotechnology.
Of course, that opposition is not about information, but misinformation.

They want a warning label. The product does not deserve that and it would probably be successfully challenged in court. The Pompeo Bill could get us to a reasonable place where this silly food fight could end.

Interestingly, some who attack organic agriculture dislike this bill as much as the anti-GMO activists. That may be the best evidence of all that the Pompeo bill is very much on the right track.

Gene Hall

Public Relations Director
Texas Farm Bureau
I believe that the only hope for a food secure world is capitalism and reasonable profits for America’s farm and ranch families–that the first element of sustainability is economic survival.
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One Response to “Farmers and ranchers support voluntary labeling of GMO products”

  1. Bayard Breeding says:

    I am curious as to your take on the material presented in the book THE GMO DECEPTION or the book THE MYTH OF SAFE PESTICIDES or the work of the Council for Responsible Genetics.
    Actually, what all of this really boils down to is that there are sinister forces at work-POMPEO-who do not believe in our God given right to know what is in the food that we pay for.
    It is interesting how much money companies pay yo lobbyists here to block labeling,when at the same time the same companies sell their products in Europe-at a profit-whose countries do require labeling. One does wonder who is paying for whose statements. As they say” follow the money”.

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