One certainty of the long fight over labeling of foods made with genetically modified crops is that a state-by-state hodgepodge of laws would drive up costs for farmers and consumers. Good for Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, for their leadership in making that case to their colleagues. The resulting bill, which creates a national labeling standard for such foods, passed both the Senate and House with strong majorities this month, and President Obama has said he’ll sign it. “It’s not the best possible bill, but it is the best bill possible,” Roberts told Kansas Agland. Opponents object to one labeling option in the bill, a digital code to be scanned with a smartphone. – Rhonda Holman
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