2017 New York Produce Show


John Bovay

John Bovay
Assistant Professor and Extension Economist
Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut

In July 2016, the U.S. Congress passed Senate Bill 764, which requires the U.S. Department of Agriculture to establish a national disclosure standard for genetically engineered (GE) foods, as a compromise between forces pressing for a much stricter labeling law versus forces that opposed mandatory labeling laws altogether. The legislation, now known as Public Law 114-216, also preempts states from setting their own standards for mandatory GE labels. This presentation will discuss the implementation of the new law and its potential economic consequences. The presentation also will discuss non-GMO labels and possible strategies that growers and retailers may take in response to the new federal law.

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