UPDATE: ““It was the best of Bills, it was the worst of Bills.” Charles Dickens if he were looking at Washington Today
UPDATE 3/4: ““It was the best of Bills, it was the worst of Bills.” Charles Dickens if he were looking at Washington GMO Labeling Bil Today
(You’ll always call your Senators and voice your support: 202-224-3121) Senators Merkley, Leahy, Tester, Feinstein introduce a GMO labeling bill – S 2621. This legislation ensures that consumers can find GMO labeling on food packaging while ensuring that food producers are not subject to confusing or conflicting labeling requirements throughout the Country. Introduced in the Senate HELP Committee. We do not know when a hearing is scheduled.
Senator Roberts railroaded through the Agriculture Committee Bill 2609 – yes – the meeting took about an hour and he asked for a vote (11 to 6) before he even heard comments from all of the Senators. This bill amends the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 to require the Secretary of Agriculture to establish a national VOLUNTARY labeling standard for bioengineered foods, and for other purposes.
Really funny in the hearing is that, Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, himself a corn and soybean farmer, spoke and seemed to establish a new standard for safety in science – that he as a farmer goes out into the field to check if the crop is ready for harvest by popping corn kernels or soy in his mouth and that he is perfectly healthy!
Oh my…….. move over Donald.
Other Senators who were opposed, realizing the futility of the situation, simply spoke of their opposition but saved their push back for another time….possibly even a Senate floor fight.