Yoho Votes to Provide Consumers Accurate Information About Their Food
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL-03) voted in favor of H.R. 1599— Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act. This bill will set a federal standard for GMO labeling on food products. This prevents one state from having a different protocol or standard from another state - which conflicts with interstate commerce and the Commerce Clause of the Constitution. The program will be administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and will codify the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) current practice regarding the safety of genetically engineered plant ingredients in food. Congressman Yoho gave the following statement after his vote:
“There has been a lot of misinformation about GMO’s over the years, when in reality these foods have been instrumental in feeding hundreds of millions of people around the world. By 2050, the world will experience a 70 percent increase in demand for food – requiring a doubling of current levels of food production. Where will that food come from?
"GMOs are firmly rooted in science with roughly 90 percent of scientists saying the consumption of GMO food is safe. These foods have increased yields per acre, increased the nutritional value of crops, helped our environment by reducing the spraying of pesticides, and reduced emissions of greenhouse gases by reducing the need to plow as often and decrease the amount of fertilizer.
“I believe everyone has the right to know where their food comes from. Keep in mind that, as opposition groups have created a GMO boogieman, before any modified food gets to market, it has been through the most rigorous review process and has been scrutinized by the FDA, the EPA, research universities, etc.
“This bill is a good bill that sets a uniform standard and provides all Americans with better access to accurate information about their food.”