Vermont nears passage of GMO food labeling law


In a 28-2 vote, the Vermont Senate passes a bill that will require packaged food makers to label their products that contain genetically modified organisms ((GMOs)). If the State House of Representatives approves the Senates' changes to the version it passed before sending it the upper chamber, then the law will take effect July 1, 2016.

Vermont will be the first U.S. state to institute such mandatory labeling.

Predictably, food manufacturers oppose the bill saying GMOs are ubiquitous on grocery store shelves. The most popular GMO crops are corn, soybeans and canola which are found in almost every kind of packaged food. They say that GMOs are safe and the law, if enacted, will add unnecessary costs and complications for farmers and the food industry.

Consumer groups believe more safety testing needs to be done by independent researchers.

Vermont's bill would make it illegal to label a food product containing GMOs as "natural" or "all natural".

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  • JDDurango
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    Hate big government intrusion but I like this idea. Not a fan of GMO's.
    17 Apr 2014, 08:56 AM Reply Like
  • SteveTheHawk
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    I tend to agree. This is more about Monsanto than anything else. I just can't bring myself to view GMO products as "natural".
    17 Apr 2014, 09:00 AM Reply Like
  • Michael Bryant
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    Although I have nothing against GMOs, I think companies should label if the food has GMOs. This is about consumer rights. Let consumers decide if they want GMOs or not.
    17 Apr 2014, 09:15 AM Reply Like
  • wiearlg
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    Finally something done right by politicians!
    17 Apr 2014, 09:31 AM Reply Like
  • Cincinnatus
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    Unless large states adopt this it's a pyrrhic victory and symbolism. If and when the Vermont store shelves are bare it will be rescinded.
    17 Apr 2014, 11:33 AM Reply Like
  • edhaven
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    Hope they leave a little room on the label to tell us what product is in the container.
    17 Apr 2014, 12:05 PM Reply Like
  • Cincinnatus
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    It's all grandstanding, and too many mindlessly buy it and cheer it. There's really no need for Big Brother here and passing the costs onto people that are fine with GMO foods. This can be accomplished by what's already in place. Producers that want to certify their products as GMO free can do so, and those consumers that care about it will look for the GMO free labeling and buy only those products.

     

    The assumption by the politicians here is that the electorate that wants such GMO free foods are too stupid to look for GMO free labeling, which begs the question - what good is this mandatory labeling going to do if the pols assume the consumers are too stupid to look for such labeling now?
    17 Apr 2014, 12:52 PM Reply Like
  • jayemel
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    Not surprisingly, the Vt politicos refrained from requiring the mention of the use of lard in the production of maple syrup.
    17 Apr 2014, 01:44 PM Reply Like
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