According to Vermont Public Radio, the U.S. Senate rejected an amendment by Senator Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) to give individual states the authority to require the labeling of genetically engineered foods by a vote of 26 to 73. Sanders’ proposal was one of more than 70 amendments to the 2012 Farm Bill.
The Vermont Legislature considered a GE food labeling bill this session but Democratic leaders decided not to pursue the plan because of fears that the legislation would result in a lengthy and expensive legal fight with a number of major chemical companies, including Monsanto.
Michigan Democrat Debbie Stabenow is the chair of the Senate Agriculture committee. She opposed the plan because she was concerned that it would interfere with the development of drought resistant crops.