Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) issued the following statement regarding legislation she has cosponsored with Representative Mike Pompeo (R-KS) to protect consumers by establishing a federal labeling standard for foods made with genetically modified (GM) ingredients.
"One is eight people in the world do not have enough to eat. We must do something about this and we must not enact policies that will make this worse. GMO crops use less water, fewer pesticides, and have larger yields. We should be encouraging and promoting these technologies in order to feed the world.
"What happens if we do not act or if we make the wrong decision? With the world's population ever increasing, we can expect more people to be hungry. This is not hyperbole. We can look to a recent report of the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) that warns of the "grave scientific, economic, and social consequences of current EU policy toward GM crops.'
"People like to read food labels in order to make their own personal decisions. It makes sense to have federal legislation that will inform consumers, eliminate any confusion, and advance food safety. The legislation that Rep. Pompeo has introduced will do all of those things -- it provides clarity, will create a mandatory premarket notification program for bioengineered organisms at FDA, and it will create a system of uniform labels for GMOs."