Congress could be next GMO labeling battleground

| | December 18, 2013

After the defeat of GMO labeling initiatives in Washington this fall and California last year, proponents are looking for the next battleground in their fight to require labeling for genetically modified foods.

That next battleground could be the floor of the United States Congress. The high-profile campaigns in Washington and California have given the issue national attention, which has given advocates a sense of momentum and opponents new battlegrounds.

While lawmakers haven’t demonstrated an appetite for acting on GMO labels, at least one food industry group that fought the Washington state proposition has begun talking to members.

At the same time, some labeling efforts have gotten traction in Congress. This year, Sen.Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., introduced a labeling bill that has 14 co-sponsors. A companion bill on the House side, introduced by Rep. Peter A. DeFazio, D-Ore., has 48 co-sponsors.

Read the full, original story: Congress Wrestles With Laws on GMO Labeling

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