Dear Editor,
A GMO labeling bill was introduced [earlier this month] by Kansas Congressman Mike Pompeo. As president of the Kansas Corn Growers Association, I thank Congressman Pompeo for this common sense solution to the GMO food question that gives the FDA the ultimate regulatory authority on this issue.
The FDA will rely on scientific evidence instead of political rhetoric to decide if labeling is needed, and how mandatory and voluntary labeling is enacted. This federal solution is better than having a mishmash of politically motivated state labeling laws that would be confusing and costly to consumers.
GMOs have been proven safe by every major scientific organization to study them, including our federal regulatory agencies and the World Health Organization. These organizations have been unable to find a single negative result from the consumption of genetically modified foods.
Over 90 percent of the corn we grow in Kansas is GMO, enhanced with biotechnology to help us control weeds, bugs and now we have some traits to help crops tolerate drought. This helps farmers like me use less herbicides and pesticides. Even without drought tolerant traits, GMO traits help our plants to be healthier and withstand difficult growing conditions.
Congressman Pompeo has shown good leadership and foresight in this issue and the Kansas Corn Growers Association stands behind his efforts.
Bob Timmons