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Congress Inches Towards GMO Label Law

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Congress inched closer Wednesday to setting a national standard for labeling genetically modified foods. Surprising many, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Ag Committee said she is committed to getting a GMO labeling bill passed by the end of this year. Harvest Public Media’s Peggy Lowe reports.

Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan says most consumers care deeply about where their food comes from. But she doesn’t want a patchwork of laws passed in states across the country.

“I share the concern about the difficulty in doing business across our country if 50 different states have 50 different standards and requirements," Stabenow says. "And frankly, it won’t work.”

The House passed a bill in July that outlaws all state GMO label laws, including those already approved in Vermont, Maine and Connecticut. Many labeling advocates don’t like that bill because it simply sets up a voluntary system.

Peggy Lowe joined Harvest Public Media in 2011, returning to the Midwest after 22 years as a journalist in Denver and Southern California. Most recently she was at The Orange County Register, where she was a multimedia producer and writer. In Denver she worked for The Associated Press, The Denver Post and the late, great Rocky Mountain News. She was on the Denver Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news coverage of Columbine. Peggy was a Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan in 2008-09. She is from O'Neill, the Irish Capital of Nebraska, and now lives in Kansas City. Based at KCUR, Peggy is the analyst for The Harvest Network and often reports for Harvest Public Media.