The Farm Bill: BIO Opposes the Sanders-Boxer Amendment

The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), which represents more than 1,100 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers, and related organizations around the world, strongly opposes the Sanders-Boxer Amendment (#2310) to the Farm Bill. This amendment would pre-empt the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) science-based voluntary food labeling policy by allowing states to implement their own food labeling laws relating to food containing ingredients derived from modern biotechnology. Such an action would defy science that shows seeds and crops derived using modern breeding techniques are safe and would be costly to family farmers, businesses, and consumers.