Broad-Based coalition launched to advocate for congressional action on a federal GMO labeling solution
American farmers and representatives from a diverse group of almost 30 industry and non-governmental organizations announced the formation of the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food (www.CFSAF.org) and urged Congress to quickly seek a federal solution that would establish standards for the safety and labeling of food and beverage products made with genetically modified ingredients.
American Farm Bureau Federation is among the farm groups that are part of the new coalition.
“A federal solution on GMO labeling will bolster consumer confidence in the safety of American food by reaffirming the U.S. Food & Drug Administration role as the nation’s foremost authority on the use and labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients,” said Martin Barbre, president of the National Corn Growers.
A federal GMO labeling solution is needed that will protect consumers and ensure the safety of food ingredients made through the use of modern agricultural biotechnology, eliminating the confusion and uncertainty of a 50 state patchwork of GMO safety and labeling laws and affirm the FDA as the nation’s authority for the use and labeling of genetically modified food ingredients.
“GMO technology has fostered a revolution in American agriculture that has benefitted consumers in the United States and around the world,” said Pamela G. Bailey, president and CEO of the Grocery Manufacturers Association. “And with global population expected to grow from seven to nine billion by 2050, we will need 70% more food production to keep pace. A federal GMO labeling solution will provide a framework for the safe and continued use of technology that is essential to the future of our planet.” (CFSAF 2/5/14)