On the Radio: Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act


James Palinsad, via Flickr
James Palinsad, via Flickr

This week’s On the Radio segment covers the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, a bill recently introduced in Congress which would put the federal government in charge of labeling foods with genetically modified ingredients. Listen to the audio below, or continue reading for the transcript.

 

A new bill introduced in Congress could put the federal government in charge of labeling foods with genetically modified ingredients, or GMOs.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

The bill, known as the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, would prevent states from enacting their own requirements on GMO labeling.

It will also make it difficult for states to prevent food companies from putting a “natural” label on any product that does contain GMOs.

While more than two-dozen states are considering bills that would mandate some form of labeling, Vermont, Maine and Connecticut have passed measures into law.

In July 2013, a New York Times survey found that 93% of Americans feel that foods with GMOs should be labeled.

However, the debate on GMO labeling will continue as interest groups debate the merits of this legislation.

For more information on the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, visit iowaenvironmentalfocus.org.

From the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, I’m Jerry Schnoor.

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