Brown2 -- GMO flyin

Speaking in favor of national GMO labeling

Buckeye Farm News

Andrews expressed that view recently  to members of Congress. He participated in a GMO fly-in to Washington, D.C.  sponsored by the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food, of which Farm Bureau is a member.

Participants spoke in favor of the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015, which would create a national, voluntary standard for labeling a product as “GMO free” and pre-empt state or local labeling requirements. While the House has passed the bill, the Senate hasn’t introduced legislation yet.

The Ohio group consisted of commodity and food processing representatives with Andrews the only one who spoke as a farmer.

“My message was that we don’t want to run the risk of losing technology that comes with GMO products,” he said. “It’s going to be challenging to feed 9 billion people by 2050 and we need all the technology we have today and in all the coming years to meet demand.”

Lynn Snyder 

Lynn Snyder is senior director of communications for Ohio Farm Bureau.