As many of you may know, the proposed Food Modernization Act (Senate Bill 510) has been a frequently discussed topic on Glenn Beck's radio program.
As the bill's final vote draws near, Glenn has cited a recent report from the Christian Science Monitor which named some of the bill's major supporters and detractors.
Supporters include General Mills, Kraft Foods, Monsanto, and the National Association of Manufacturers. Opponents include the American Grassfed Association, Family Farm Defenders, and the Small Farms Conservancy. The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture, which represents smaller farmers, has backed the bill.
But on Wednesday, Monsanto insisted it is not a supporter of the food bill:
Reports, including those by political commentator Glenn Beck, that Monsanto is behind Senate Bill 510, the so-called Food Safety Bill, are not true. As an agricultural company, we have been monitoring the bill for any impact on our ability to serve farmers who choose to buy our products. We have not supported its passage.
When asked for further comment, Monsanto declined to speculate what might have led the Christian Science Monitor to believe the company supported the bill, but reiterated that it does not.