Letter from Senator Gillibrand regarding GMOs

December 2, 2014
Thank you for contacting me about the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act, which would create a federal standard for the labeling of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).   I strongly support this legislation and was an original cosponsor of this bill.   Improving the safety of our nation’s food supply is my priority, and I understand your concerns about the potential risks posed by GMOs.
I believe that GMOs can play an important role in combating world hunger, increasing agricultural productivity, and improving the nutritional content of certain foods.   I do, however, share your concerns about the potential risks of environmental contamination and long-term impacts GMOs may have on human health.
Currently, there are many opinions regarding the safety risks associated with GMOs, but very little scientific evidence to help consumers make informed decisions.   We need to develop better diagnostic methods for evaluating the safety of consuming GMOs, as well as improved oversight and management of agricultural practices that might contribute to genetically modified seeds cross-contaminating conventional production systems.
While the scientific community continues to analyze the safety implications associated with GMOs, consumers should be given the right to make the most informed decisions possible.    I believe that GMO-free products should have the right to be clearly labeled with full transparency for consumers.
Thank you again for writing to express your concerns, and I hope that you will keep in touch with my office regarding future legislation and concerns you may have. For more information on this and other important issues, please visit my website at  http://gillibrand.senate.gov and sign up for my e-newsletter.
Kirsten E. Gillibrand
United States Senator

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