Ms. GABBARD. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to highlight an issue that's very important to me, to my constituents in Hawaii, as well as to people all across the country.
I've long been a supporter of requiring labeling for food containing genetically engineered, or GE, products. Food is a basic necessity in our everyday lives, and people have a right to know what's in the food we're eating.
Today I'm joining a strong coalition, led by Senator Boxer and Congressman DeFazio, to introduce the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act, which requires labeling of GE foods.
The Food and Drug Administration already requires labeling of more than 3,000 ingredients, additives, and processes, but it has resisted labels for GE foods. Changing this outdated policy would simply add GE foods to that robust list, which would not be cost prohibitive for companies or consumers.
More than 1.5 million Americans have filed comments with the FDA urging it to label GE foods, while surveys show more than 90 percent of people also support it.
Our legislation puts consumers first and empowers them to make informed choices for themselves and their families.