A COMMITTEE in the Colorado House of Representative has rejected a proposal that would have required foods made with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to be labeled as containing GMOs, thus siding with farmers and food manufacturers over the objections of GMO labeling advocates, including a number of mothers who brought their children to a hearing.
The farmers and food producers argued that a label requirement is not necessary since the Food & Drug Administration has found no health or safety differences between conventionally produced foods and those containing GMOs and said a label would increase food prices.
The advocates countered that consumers have a right to know if their food contains GMOs.
The committee voted 7-2 against the proposal, effectively killing the proposal in the current legislative session.
Similar legislation has been defeated in California and New Mexico and has been proposed in Washington state, and ballot initiatives proposing GMO labels are being prepared for elections in Connecticut, Vermont, Oregon and Washington.
Meanwhile, Reps. Peter DeFazio (D., Ore.) and Jared Polis (D., Colo.) announced that they will co-sponsor a bill in Congress that would make GMO labels a federal law.