The following is a statement from Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) President Richard Guebert, Jr., regarding the bipartisan Roberts-Stabenow GMO food labeling bill.
“More than 90 percent of the corn and soybeans produced in Illinois are genetically modified, a scientifically safe process that has allowed Illinois farmers to grow abundant and nutritious food for U.S. and global consumers for the past two decades.
“While certainly far from perfect, the bill protects interstate commerce by preventing a nightmarish and costly state-by-state patchwork of mandatory GMO food labeling laws. Just as important, it will protect American families from needlessly spending any more of their hard earned dollars on groceries.
“The bill sets up a process that will allow any consumer to know exactly what’s in his or her food, if they so choose.
“With Vermont’s mandatory labeling law set to take effect Friday, Farm Bureau joins with many other Illinois agricultural groups and companies to strongly encourage Senators Durbin and Kirk to pass this critical bill without delay.”