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Title

A Song of Policy Incongruence: The Missing Choir of Consumer Preferences in GMO-Labeling Policy Outcomes

Document Type

Article

Keywords

food policy, genetically engineered foods, GMO labeling, policy congruence, soft attitudes

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Review of Policy Research

Volume

37

Issue

4

First Page

511

Last Page

534

Abstract

This article focuses on the degree of policy congruence, and by extension policy responsiveness, of U.S. federal- and state-level GMO labeling laws from 2011–2016. Utilizing consumer survey data, evidence overwhelmingly demonstrates consumers prefer clear text-based indication if food products contain genetically modified ingredients. However, the federal law adopted in 2016 mandates GMO labeling but with exceptions permitted to clear on-package text labeling. The results of this study demonstrate that consumer preferences were not adequately represented at the federal level and were misaligned with state policy activities as captured in the aggregate outcome. State legislatures were actively proposing mandatory legislation with only a few cases of success, which did not adequately represent the wishes of the people. Given the misalignment and overall policy incongruence, the consequences of pending federal law are discussed in light of why the voices of the consumer choir were not heard by lawmakers.

Original Publication Date

7-1-2020

DOI of published version

10.1111/ropr.12391

Repository

UNI ScholarWorks, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

Language

en

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