Require GMO Labeling

By U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich

Like parents across New Mexico, knowing what’s in the food I buy for my family is important to me. This is one of the main reasons why I think it’s so important that Congress act to require products sold in grocery stores to be clearly labeled if they are genetically modified. Providing transparency to consumers will ensure they are able to make informed decisions about the food they purchase.

The federal government requires labeling of concentrated orange juice, after all.  Doesn’t everyone have the right to know what’s in their food?

I have cosponsored the Biotechnology Food Labeling Uniformity Act to make sure consumers can find genetically modified organism (GMO) ingredient labeling on food packaging. The legislation presents an alternative to a Senate Agriculture Committee bill being debated on the floor this week that would prohibit states from implementing GMO labeling laws.

A commitment to strengthen our agriculture industry also requires a commitment to our consumers, which is why we need a uniform federal GMO labeling standard.

Americans deserve to know exactly what’s in the food they purchase at the grocery store. I will continue to fight for clear and accurate labeling of food products so we can all make more informed decisions about the foods we are feeding our families.

Listening to the needs and voices of all constituents is key to building a better New Mexico. I encourage you to share your comments, suggestions, and questions. Please contact me any time I can be of assistance to you and your family.