GMO Bill Passes Congress, Heads to President for Signature
Good news! American Crystal Sugar Company is very pleased by the action in Congress today, July 14, 2016, in which the House of Representatives passed legislation to implement a nationwide GMO labeling standard for foods containing GMO ingredients. This is the culmination of about two years of legislative wrangling. From the passage in the House of Representatives of a voluntary GMO labeling bill last summer, to the drawn-out Senate negotiation that resulted in a mandatory labeling bill a few weeks ago, to today’s passage of that Senate agreement again in the House, to the President’s signature in the coming days, reaching a conclusion has been difficult. But the balance must be pretty close to right, because both the Senate and House votes were overwhelmingly bipartisan, and a Democratic President will soon be signing into law a bill passed by a Republican-controlled Congress. Believe it or not, sometimes the legislative process works.
The press release below announces the reaction of the entire U.S. sugarbeet industry to the bill’s passage. Now the attention will turn to USDA as it will soon begin the process of writing regulations to implement the law. That process will take a minimum of two years, but in the meantime the Vermont law that has driven this debate is overridden.
Beet Industry Press Release