VT law made GMO labeling inevitable, Senate version is reasonable compromise

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. . . . [I]t appears the stars may be aligning such that a nationwide mandatory GMO labeling will become a reality.

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. . . . Neither side got everything they wanted, but . . . this is a law that provides some form of labeling, which will hopefully shelve this issue and allow us to move on to more important things. . .

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I’m sympathetic to the arguments made by folks who . . . oppose mandatory labeling on the premise that our laws shouldn’t be stigmatizing biotechnology.  . . . I agree the law is unhelpful insofar as giving consumers useful information about safety or environmental impact. . . .

But, here’s the deal.  The Vermont law was soon going into effect anyway. The question wasn’t whether a mandatory labeling law was going into effect but rather what kind. . . .

The worst economic consequences of mandatory labeling would have come about from . . . labels that were most likely to be perceived by consumers as a “skull and cross bones”.   In my mind the current Senate bill avoided this worst case scenario while giving those consumers who really want to know about GMO content a means for making that determination. . . .

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