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Senate working on ‘middle ground’ GMO labeling bill to prevent Vermont law

| | May 11, 2016
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Any proposal from Sen. Debbie Stabenow on how best to preempt Vermont’s GMO labeling law needs to get sign-off from agriculture and food groups in order to be successful, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts told reporters [May 9]. Roberts said he is still unclear what Stabenow is willing to agree to in order to set a national standard on GMOs.

“I want two things: A. I want to know what it is, and B. I want to see it vetted,” Roberts said. “It should be vetted with the canola producers in her state, or for that matter sugar beets or whatever. We can’t get anywhere unless the majority of the 800 that came in on behalf of our bill — or for that matter the advocacy groups — but most importantly by all the crops that are now being affected. So I’d like it to be something that’s been vetted. Should that be the case I’m ready to go.”

Staff from both lawmakers are still hashing out details for a bill with the aim of getting something to the floor before Vermont’s law takes effect July 1. Backing from the industry will be crucial to get lawmakers from both sides on board, the Kansas Republican said, adding, “If it goes too far to get 25 Democrats, I’ll lose 20-30 Republicans. Vet it.”

Read full, original post: Roberts on Dems’ GMO bill: Vet it!

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