Oregon’s GMO labeling law may be kaput for now, but in Vermont the shopper’s right to know is still a possibility. The Vermont Right to Know GMOs Coalition sent out a press release this morning announcing that tomorrow morning Burlington’s Federal District court “will be hearing the first oral arguments on Vermont’s landmark GMO labeling law.”
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It only took a little more than a month for Big Food’s front group, the Grocery Manufacturers Association, to file a lawsuit against the state of Vermont over its recently passed GMO labeling law.
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GMO labeling advocates rejoiced at the news that Vermont’s Senate and House both approved a “no strings attached” mandatory labeling bill for foods containing GMOs sold in the state. The bill now goes to Governor Shumlin’s desk to be signed into law. It will go into effect on July 1, 2016.
This week’s food news features some un-delicious food safety irony, GMO labeling progress, and urban gardening ‘greenovation.’ Meanwhile former President Clinton plays fast and loose with ‘the V word,’ and efforts to protect farm workers gain momentum. Read on, for the week’s good-bad-and-ugly food news!
Yesterday Vermont’s House Judiciary committee approved H. 112, which would require labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients. The VT House of Representatives will vote on the bill later this week. H. 112’s early strong performance is (yet another) indicator of the overwhelming shift in public consciousness — and public policy — towards more responsible labeling of foods containing GMOs.
Last week Vermont leapt energetically into the GMO labeling race, launching legislation that would require labels for food products containing genetically modified ingredients. Representative Kate Webb (D) introduced the VT Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act on February 1 of 2012, and Monsanto’s response was swift and predictably litigious. Despite overwhelming voter support for the bill, VT caved to corporate threats last year. Will democracy finally triumph over corporate bullying, this time around?
King Arthur Flour, America’s oldest flour company, is running its biggest sweepstakes ever. From now through June 30, the folks at KAF welcome everyone to enter the Win a Vermont Dream Getaway sweepstakes daily by liking them on Facebook and completing the entry form found there (Note: This cannot be done via the Facebook smartphone app). The grand […]
On April 20, 2012 Vermont’s GMO Right to Know Act passed out of committee. The bill would require labels on GE foods on store shelves and passed 9-1 in favor. According to an email from the GMO Right to Know Campaign: Since the public hearing, the Committee has been working on the bill to make […]
Eleven state representatives in Vermont have submitted legislation to require labeling of genetically modified organisms.
Due to studies suggesting vegetarians have stronger immune systems and are 40% less likely to get cancer, as well as recent outbreaks of E.coli traced to a Vermont slaughterhouse, PETA is urging Blue Cross of Vermont to lower insurance rates for vegetarians, while increasing those for meat eaters.