Monsanto at center of congressional fight over GMOs

Photo Courtesy of St.Louis Post Dispatch
Photo courtesy of St. Louis Post Dispatch

Monsanto and other big biotechnology and agricultural companies are lining up in support of a bill that would create national standards for genetically engineered crops. Supporters say it would eliminate the problem of inconsistent state laws regarding genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, but critics say it’s toothless legislation designed to prevent more meaningful regulation.

The bill, whose supporters include Reps. Ann Wagner, R-Ballwin and Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-St. Elizabeth, would not mandate disclosure on food products that contain GMOs in all cases.

Instead, it would require the Food and Drug Administration to conduct reviews of new plant varieties before they enter the food chain, and the FDA could mandate labeling in cases it deemed necessary.

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