Colorado House rejects GMO labeling law

Published on: Feb 22, 2013

A committee in the Colorado House of Representatives has rejected a proposal that would have required food made with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to be labeled, siding with farmers and food manufacturers over the objections of GMO labeling advocates, including a number of mothers who had brought their children to a hearing.

The farmers and food producers argued that a label requirement is not necessary as the Food & Drug Administration has found no health or safety differences between conventionally produced and GMO foods and said a label would increase food prices.

The advocates argued that consumers have a right to know if their food contains genetically modified ingredients.

The committee voted 7-2 against the proposal on Feb. 21. The vote effectively kills the proposal in the current legislative session.

Meanwhile, U.S. Reps. Peter DeFazio (D., Ore.) and Jared Polis (D., Colo.) announced on Feb. 21 that they will co-sponsor a bill in Congress that would make GMO labels a federal law.