Issue Update: Senator Roberts Releases GMO Labeling Language

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R – KS) recently released a discussion draft of legislation that includes a federal preemption of the Vermont GMO labeling legislation set to go into effect July 1, 2016.

The draft language would also establish national standards for voluntarily labeling bioengineered ingredients and would define bioengineering relatively narrowly as involving recombinant DNA techniques that make modifications that “could not otherwise be obtained through conventional breeding or found in nature.”

In addition, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) would be required to survey consumer knowledge about agricultural biotechnology to determine whether consumers have access to information about genetically engineered products. The results of the study would be due in four years.

Dave Ladd, President of RDL & Associates, provides a brief update via the Linder Farm Network as to the status of GMO labeling legislation in the United States Senate, as well as the potential impact of a study recently released by the Corn Refiners Association.

Part 1 of the interview can be accessed here:

Part 2 of the interview can be accessed here:

Part 3 of the interview can be accessed here:

For additional information, please contact RDL & Associates at


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