Battle Over GMO Labeling Heating Up

Reuters reports both the state House and Senate in Vermont approved a bill that requires foods containing GMOs sold at retail outlets to be labeled as having been produced or partially produced with genetic engineering Maine and Connecticut have also passed GMO labeling laws, but they only go into effect after other states enact similar laws. About two-dozen states that have GMO-labeling bills in the works. But these efforts may be moot. A bill dubbed the “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act” was introduced by the U.S. House that would prohibit mandatory labeling of GMO foods, Reuters says. U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Margaret Hamburg says the agency opposes mandatory labeling, noting that in more than 20 years of commercialized biotech traits, the FDA has yet to find evidence of food safety risks. “The fact that a product contains GE ingredients does not change the material content of the product,” Hamburg says. IN OTHER NO-TILL NEWS… A new seed company, Hood River Seed, launched operations. The company will focus on the national forage and cover-crop markets, and has partnered with numerous producers in the Pacific Northwest to bring forage varieties to market. Cheminova launched Cercobin fungicide, a broad-spectrum curative and preventive systemic fungicide with soil and foliar activity. With the active ingredient thiophanate-methyl, Cercobin is labeled for use on dry beans, edible beans, soybeans, sugarbeets and fall wheat. The USDA-NRCS released a report showing more South Dakota farmers are using conservation in their systems than a decade ago.…
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