Anti-GMO Labeling Bill Blocked by U.S. Senate

March 17, 2016

The Senate voted down legislation that would make labeling of genetically modified foods, or GMOs, voluntary, allowing for states to set their own transparency rules. The bill needed 60 votes but came up short, 49-48, on Wednesday.

The “Biotechnology Labeling Solutions Act,” would have asked manufacturers to voluntarily provide a phone number, website, or QR code to provide information about GMOs in food. This would have also given the U.S. Department of Agriculture the right to mandate the bill if an insufficient amount of companies elected to comply, and blocked Vermont from implementing the nation’s first mandatory GMO labeling law,…