USDA has released the final text of the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard, commonly referred to as the biotech labeling rule. The standard will require food manufacturers, importers and certain retailers to disclose bioengineered foods to consumers. American Sugarbeet Growers Association Executive Vice President Luther Markwart says the rule is positive for both consumers and farmers. “When you have refined ingredients, such as oil or sugar, made from bioengineered crop that don’t contain DNA or protein, there no difference compared to conventional or organic crops,” says Markwart. “This is about marketing. It has nothing to do with health, safety or nutrition.” There are several disclosure options, including written text, symbols, digital links or a text message. The implementation date is January 1, 2020, and smaller food manufacturers will have one additional year for implementation.