Farm Bureau satisfied with Senate of passage of Biotech Labeling Bill
July 8, 2016
The Montana Farm Bureau is pleased that the U.S. Senate has voted to pass S. 764, the biotechnology labeling bill. The Roberts-Stabenow compromise bill would establish a uniform national food disclosure standard for foods containing biotech ingredients
"Although this bill is not perfect, it takes critical steps to prevent the state-by-state patchwork of laws that would have been harmful and confusing to consumers and incredibly onerous to implement," said Montana Farm Bureau President Bob Hanson. "We recognize how important, safe and prevalent bio-engineered food are. A recent study by the National Academies of Science confirmed what farmers, scientists and educated consumers have known all along: genetically engineered crops are safe and beneficial to agriculture, human health and the environment."
Although Farm Bureau would have preferred the labeling standards to be voluntary, this nationwide standard will at least provide a uniform standard which will be less confusing to consumers.
"We would especially like to thank Senator Steve Daines for his consistent support of legislation that recognizes the importance of agricultural biotechnology for consumers and Montana's farmers and ranchers," said Hanson. "Now it's time for the House to move this legislation along and vote for quick passage."
–Montana Farm Bureau Federation