Pompeo has also taken in nearly $170,000 from agribusiness since 1989.

As EWG notes, those who stand to benefit from Pompeo’s legislation are some of those who’ve been his biggest donors.

The Center for Food Safety adds:

In addition to attempts to defeat those state level GMO labeling efforts, the GMA announced earlier this year that it was pushing for just the kind of legislation Pompoeo is now advancing.

Now, GMA and other industry groups like the Biotechnology Industry Organization are cheering Pompeo’s legislation.

“GMA’s selection of Congressman Pompeo as their champion shows how extreme the proposal really is,” stated Colin O’Neil, director of government affairs for Center for Food Safety. “Selecting Pompeo creates an unholy alliance between Monsanto and Koch Industries, two of the most reviled corporations in America.”

The pro-labeling group Organic Consumers Association (OCA) said the proposal “would not only keep labels off of our food, but it is a direct attack on states’ constitutional right to pass laws to protect public health.”

“Consumers should be outraged that Rep. Pompeo, or any member of Congress, would co-sponsor a bill written by industry, for the sole purpose of protecting corporate and shareholder profits, when 90 percent of Americans oppose the proposed legislation,” stated Ronnie Cummins, national director of OCA.

With Maine and Connecticut having passed GMO labeling bills and other states with expected to take similar action, the legislation might just be a sign that industry is scared, said O’Neil.

“They know that the food movement’s power is growing and that labeling is not a matter of if but when. They are afraid of state action and now they’re trying to steal away consumer choice in Congress,” he stated.


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