Congressman Adrian Smith wants a federal standard for GMO labeling in wake of Vermont moving to label GMO on its own.
Smith sees a disturbing trend.
“As states move forward with their own labeling laws, using a variety of standards and definitions, it will lead to a legal patchwork which will force the ag industry to implement very costly procedures and implement new equipment and certainly consumers don’t win from that,” Smith tells reporters during a conference call.
Smith says GMO labeling should be used for informational purposes, not for marketing.
Smith says responding to state-by-state labeling would prove costly to agriculture. A national GMO labeling law has passed the House.
“I’m hopeful that the Senate will actually get something passed so that we can have a uniform standard across the country,” Smith says. “Certainly, the labeling doesn’t stand in the way of someone choosing to produce various non-GMO products. I mean those can still be available, but the labeling shouldn’t impugn GMO products for non-scientific reasons.”
Smith is co-chair of the Modern Agriculture Caucus.