Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts is busy trying to broker a deal with Democrats that will stop Vermont’s GMO labeling law — and any measures that may crop up in other states — from taking effect.

Roberts told MA that he is having regular conversations with Democrats to see if there is any middle ground to be had that will still pre-empt Vermont's law, adding that “we are having a discussion on how we can reach a bipartisan agreement and those talks are ongoing." But gaining passage is not going to be easy. Among the biggest obstacles will likely be Bernie Sanders. Vermont’s junior senator-turned-Democratic presidential nominee has long supported his state’s labeling efforts going back to the mid-1990s fight over rBST in milk.

“The overwhelming majority of Americans favor GMO labeling" Sanders said in a statement. "We cannot allow the interests of Monsanto and other multi-national food industry corporations to prevail. I am very proud that Vermont took the lead nationally to make sure people know what is in the food they eat. Vermont and other states must be allowed to label GMOs.”

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