Energy & Environment

A Republican’s GMO Bill Would Set National Standard

Despite biotech industry support, the proposal is unlikely to pass. But it raises the question of whether a national law would quell the debate raging in Hawaii.

·By Anita Hofschneider

As the debate over genetically modified organisms (GMOs) rages in states like Hawaii, Vermont and Oregon, members of Congress are considering setting a federal standard that some hope could put the issue to rest.

Rep. Mike Pompeo, a Republican from Kansas, introduced H.R. 4432 in April, which would create national rules for how and when genetically modified food should be labeled. The House Subcommittee on Health is considering the measure, known by proponents as the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act.

Although the bill is unlikely to pass, it raises the question

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