According to the Associated Press, the U.S. Senate has rejected an amendment that would allow states to require labeling of genetically modified foods. Several state legislatures, such as the Vermont House and Connecticut Senate, have already moved toward putting such labeling laws in place. But on May 23, the Senate rejected the amendment on a 71-27 vote during debate on a wide-ranging, five-year farm bill that includes support for crops like corn and soybeans that often are genetically modified varieties.
Senators from farm states that use a lot of genetically modified crops strongly opposed the amendment, saying the issue should be left up to the federal government and that labels could raise costs for consumers. Currently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t require the labeling, as it has found that the GM foods can’t be significantly distinguished from conventional varieties.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt), who proposed the amendment, said he is going to continue to push the issue in Congress.