GMO bill offers a better approach
Congress began debating a proposed law last week to standardize labeling of genetically modified (GMO) food across the country. Cargill believes this bipartisan bill introduced by Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, is needed to avoid confusing consumers with labels that change from state to state.
Dozens of different state-level GMO food-labeling laws were proposed this year, and a few have been adopted. We’re concerned there eventually could be dozens of conflicting regulations about what can be printed on, for example, a cereal box.
Pompeo’s bill offers a better approach for consumers. Just as the familiar “nutrition facts” label regulated at the federal level ensures that nutrition information is the same in Maine as in California, this legislation would establish consistent rules for labeling non-GMO products nationwide. It would also provide oversight from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to guarantee products actually meet those standards.
Cargill produces both GMO and non-GMO foods. While we believe in the benefits of biotechnology to provide healthier, more affordable food to feed a growing world population, we also think consumers should have a right to choose. Adopting a consistent national labeling system over a patchwork of state rules makes the most sense.
Cargill Meat Solutions
What’s in food?
“GMOs proved safe” (Dec. 12 Letters to the Editor) was highly offensive. It called anti-GMO activists “extremists” and their actions “shameful.” What is shameful is that companies that produce genetically engineered seeds spend millions of dollars campaigning for an anti-labeling law.
The letter writer has the choice to eat GMOs. I believe I have the right to know what my food contains, so that I have the choice of avoiding GMOs. I guess that makes me an extremist.
Jeff Glendening, state director of Americans for Prosperity, said: “It takes a while to turn the Titanic. And the state budget is a Titanic” (“Brownback: Job growth proof tax cuts are working,” Dec. 14 Eagle). He must not have realized the Titanic didn’t turn – it sank.
Likewise, Kansas has hit a fiscal iceberg and is sinking fast. The orchestra is playing “Nearer My God to Thee,” and the deck chairs are sliding under.
The recent elections have convinced me that a plurality of the citizens simply don’t see reality or just don’t care. Maybe this just proves H.L. Mencken’s statement that “the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.” They surely will be for four more years.
TIMOTHY P. WOOD
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