Vermont May Soon Label GMOs, GMO Labeling Bill Introduced


For all those who would like to know if they’re eating genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or not, or what like to avoid it, there’s some exciting news in Vermont. “Eleven state representatives in Vermont have submitted legislation to require labeling of genetically modified organisms,” Heather Carr of sister site Eat Drink Better reports. Here’s more:

Titled “An act relating to the labeling of food produced with genetic engineering“, H.722′s statement of purpose is:

This bill proposes to provide that food is misbranded if it is entirely or partially produced with genetic engineering and it is not labeled as genetically engineered.

The content of the bill seems fairly uncontroversial. It requires genetically engineered foods to be labeled and it provides a few exceptions for the labeling.

To read Heather’s full piece, which includes exceptions to the labeling, follow the link: Vermont Introduces Legislation to Label GMOs.

Photo: Vermont dairy cows photo via shutterstock

  1. The Economics of GMOs

    […] There are GMO labeling laws in at least 40 countries around the world (most of Europe, but also China, India, and several other developing nations), but so far in the U.S., no states require labeling of GMOs. SCFL is sponsored by biotech companies that produce GMOs, and is outspending proponents of Prop 37 by an 11-to-1 margin. The main funders of the Yes on Prop 37 campaign are the Organic Consumers Fund, Lundberg Family Farms, Dr. Bronner’s (natural soap company), and Nature’s Path Foods. The major funders against Prop 37 are the Council for Biotechnology Information (an industry front-group representing Monsanto, Syngenta, Pioneer, and other biotech companies), PepsiCo, Kellogg, and Coca-Cola. Despite the overwhelming outside money interest, Prop 37 looks like it has broad support and will likely pass into law. But outside money and PR campaigns changes things, and the Biotech industry has proven that it can beat popular measures aiming to label GMOs in Connecticut and Vermont (although it may come back up soon in Vermont). […]

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