House Republicans Fast-Track Bill to Prevent States from Labeling GMO Foods

Thursday, July 16, 2015
Rep. K. Michael Conoway, chairman of House Agriculture Committee (photo: Lauren Victoria Burke, AP)

Republicans in the U.S. House have swiftly moved to adopt legislation that would prohibit states from adopting laws requiring labels on food containing genetically modified organisms (GMO).


The House Committee on Agriculture this week approved HR 1599, which would create a voluntary federal labeling standard while also preventing states from forcing companies to put GMO labels on their foods. The bill, which cleared the committee without debate, is now headed to the House floor.


“Members of Congress are really looking for a federal solution here,” Colin O’Neil, director of government affairs for the Center for Food Safety, told The Hill. “I think we’re going to get to that rubber-meets-the-road point where members realize they are being sold on a bill that doesn’t solve anything consumers are asking for, which is a mandatory labeling standard.”


Critics have called HR 1599 the “Mother of All Monsanto Protection Acts” after the company that has long opposed GMO labels, as well as the DARK (Deny Americans the Right to Know) Act.


Ronnie Cummins of the Organic Consumers Association characterized the legislation as “anti-consumer,” “anti-democracy and anti-state’s rights.”


Vermont already has a law in place requiring GMO products to be labeled as such. Big Food has been fighting in court to get the law overturned.

-Noel Brinkerhoff, Steve Straehley


To Learn More:

Food Disaster: Republicans Stomp on GMO Labeling (by Katherine Paul, AlterNet)

Statement from Ronnie Cummins, Organic Consumers Assoc., on Reintroduction of Federal Bill to Kill States’ Rights to GMO Labeling Laws (Organic Consumers Association)

GMO Bill Intensifies Federal Food Fight (by Lydia Wheeler, The Hill)

Vermont First State to Require Labeling of Genetically Engineered Foods (by Noel Brinkerhoff, AllGov)


Joseph Lawson 9 years ago
Diddo Boomer Lady. Who the hell do these corrupt politicians think they are. Key word Corrupt!!!I'm sick of it.
Louise Whiteford 9 years ago
I believe it is my right to know if the foods I eat are GMOs. Monsanto can go to Pluto and plant there and leave us alone.
Boomer Lady 9 years ago
This means I will not be voting Republican in 2016. I don't vote for Democrats, so I will be changing registration to Independent. They are already the largest voting block in the U.S. at over 40%.

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