House passes GMO labeling bill

House passes GMO labeling bill

House votes overwhelmingly in favor of the legislation, passing it 306-117.

The House today passed by a vote of 306-117 the GMO labeling compromise brokered by Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, and Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan.

House passes Senate version of GMO labeling bill almost a year from when they passed their own version of the legislation. (Photo: badmanproduction/Thinkstock)

“Today’s House passage of GMO disclosure legislation means we now begin the work of putting in place a uniform, national labeling system that will provide balanced, accurate information to consumers,” said American Farm Bureau Federation president Zippy Duvall in a media statement. “Genetically engineered crops have a decades-long track record of safety and benefits for agricultural productivity and our environment. This legislation helps to continue those benefits by avoiding the confusion of differing and potentially misleading labeling standards from state to state. The next stop is the president’s desk. We are pleased that Congress has moved quickly to finish the job.”

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