Democratic US Senator Barbara Boxer has introduced a GMO labeling bill in Congress. A competing Republican bill would prohibit state legislatures from passing GMO labeling laws.
Democratic State Senator Noreen Evans says her bill is about informing consumers.
“This is not an anti-GMO bill,” says Evans. “It does not ban or restrict the use of GMOs in any way. All it does is allow people to be informed consumers.”
A 2012 California food labeling ballot initiative failed. But Rebecca Spector with the Center for Food Safety says, unlike the ballot initiative, the Evans bill makes clear that small farmers would not be affected.
“It really puts the onus on the manufacturer of a processed food if it’s not labeled properly,” says Evans.
The food industry has endorsed a voluntary nationwide labeling program. GMO labeling advocates say states should be free to pass mandatory labeling laws.
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