Congressman Gibbs’ Statement on Costs and Impacts of Mandatory Biotechnology Labeling Laws

March 24, 2015
Press Release

Washington, D.C.—Congressman Gibbs released the following statement after the House Agriculture Committee held a hearing to discuss the costs and impacts of mandatory biotechnology labeling laws.

“As a farmer, I understand the importance of producing the safest, most nutritious product possible. By 2050, the global population is set to increase to roughly 10 billion. This dramatic increase brings the need for an abundant food supply.  Advancements in biotechnologies have come a long way in allowing American farmers and ranchers to provide consumers with a wholesome, affordable, and sustainable product. 

“Today, a patchwork of biotech labeling laws are pending in states all across the country that would add additional costs to consumers.  These incompatible proposals would create countless unworkable situations that could reverse the advancements that have provided a safe and affordable food supply for consumers. I strongly support a voluntary labeling standard that allows producers to label their products accordingly.”