San­ders To Put Hold on GMO La­bel­ing Leg­is­la­tion Vows to do ‘Ev­ery­thing I Can to De­feat This Bill’

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Wash­ing­ton, DC

Sen. Bernie San­ders is­sued the fol­low­ing statement days be­fore Ver­mont’s first-in-the na­tion GMO la­bel­ing law takes ef­fect: On Fri­day, Ver­mont will be­come the first state in the na­tion to re­quire GMO la­bel­ing. This is a tri­umph for or­di­nary Amer­i­cans over the pow­er­ful in­ter­ests of Mon­santo and other multi-na­tional food in­dus­try cor­po­ra­tions. We can­not al­low Ver­mont’s law to be over­turned by bad fed­eral leg­is­la­tion that has just been an­nounced. I will do ev­ery­thing I can to de­feat this bill, beginning by putting a hold on it in the Sen­ate.

The agree­ment an­nounced by Sens. Pat Roberts and Deb­bie Stabenow would cre­ate a con­fus­ing, mis­lead­ing and un­en­force­able na­tional stan­dard for la­bel­ing GMOs. It would im­pose no penal­ties for vi­o­lat­ing the la­bel­ing re­quire­ment, mak­ing the law es­sen­tially mean­ing­less.

“This isn’t con­tro­ver­sial. The over­whelm­ing ma­jor­ity of Amer­i­cans fa­vor GMO la­bel­ing. Peo­ple have a right to know what is in the food they eat.”

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