It may be hard to believe, but a bi-partisan group in the U.S. House of Representatives has begun the process of applying common sense to an issue that has been bubbling at the State level for several years. Kansas Republican Mike Pompeo and North Carolina Democrat G.K. Butterfield have introduced the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2014 (H.R. 4432) which if passed would prevent the individual states from passing legislation requiring the labeling of food and beverage products that contain bioengineered ingredients.

Whether you favor or, like me, oppose the movement to label these foods, the issue will never be resolved, or effective legislation passed so long as it is being left to the individual State legislatures to act piecemeal, which would result in market chaos on a grand scale, a tremendous waste of money, and great consumer confusion. The only logical common sense approach is for the U.S. Congress to intervene and create a debate environment where all parties will be given the opportunity  to state their arguments on a level playing field, and let the U.S.Congress legislate national rules for everyone to follow.

Already, both sides of the argument are complaining about the content of the Pompeo/Butterfield bill, but as I said above, this debate is best argued on a national level, so it can eventually be put to bed. This way, either way it goes at least it will give us a national policy for everyone to follow.