Opposition stalls US Senate bill aimed at blocking GMO food labels

Democrats in the U.S. Senate last week blocked a mostly Republican-led effort to bar states from requiring labels for foods made with genetically modified organisms (GMOs). On a 48 to 49 vote, the bill - which would have instead set up a federal, voluntary GMO labeling system - fell well short of the 60 votes needed to clear a key procedural barrier. The defeat of S. 2609, sponsored by Senator Pat Roberts (R–KS), brings the steadily progressing GOP-led push for a nationally uniform labeling system to a halt, at least for now. The congressional push has been fueled in part by a growing number of state laws, including Vermont’s first-in-the-nation law, requiring GMO labeling.