"Creating a policy of national uniformity regarding marketing claims for agricultural production technologies is a priority for the Agriculture Committee. A patchwork of arbitrary and inconsistent state and local labeling laws will raise consumer costs and negatively affect our ability to enhance food safety, food quality, and environmental sustainability. Legislation to protect and promote interstate commerce in agricultural products derived through the use and non-use of plant based genetic engineering is of critical importance"
-Chairman K. Michael Conaway
Many scientists and farmers are optimistic about the prospects of using advances in agricultural biotechnology to improve production, nutritional content, tolerance to environmental stresses such as drought, and resistance to disease and pests.