Will a Federal Compromise on GMO Labeling Trump State Law, Forever?
This article was written after a recent meeting where many executives from huge food production conglomerations agreed to start labeling genetically modified organisms (GMO), or genetically engineered (GE) organisms in foods. To those only starting to follow the labeling saga, this would seem like a positive, cooperative step. To those who have been pushing this movement at the grassroots level for years, it is bad news. It is seen as bad because these same companies have been opposed to the labeling of GMOs or GE in their products. The quick turnaround has happened only because food industry executives see an enactment of weaker, watered-down laws at the federal level as a solution or palatable compromise to compliance with tougher, varied labeling laws at the state and local levels. Enactment of federal laws on labeling would trump, or take precedence over state and local laws on labeling.