Monthly Archives: February 2012

Vermont Looks to Become First State in the Nation to Require Labeling of Genetically Engineered Foods

The Vermont Right to Know GMOs coalition launched its campaign today in support of the Vermont Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act (H.722). This bill would make Vermont the first state in the nation to require the labeling of genetically engineered foods.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Kate Webb of Shelburne, would address consumer concerns by requiring food sold at retail outlets in Vermont to be labeled if it is genetically engineered, or partially produced with genetic engineering.
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Genetically Modified Organisms in Food

More support for the campaign from our friends at Black River Roasters:

More and more people are reading food labels before they buy products to be conscious of what they are actually consuming and to avoid certain things such as trans-fat, sugar, aspartame, and MSG.  However, one thing that you will not be able to avoid is genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) or genetically engineered (GE) ingredients since they are not listed on the food labels.  In the United States, over 70% of all packaged foods sold contain GE ingredients!  Now as consumers, shouldn’t we have the right to know what exactly is in our food?

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With Dairy Law Enacted, Vermont Turns to GMO Labeling

Food Safety News discusses the VT Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act.

One bill that could shake things up in the current session is House Bill 722, a 16-page measure requiring labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients.

The bill, known as the Vermont Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act, was called an “initiative against Monsanto and other biotechnology corporations” by the Organic Consumers Association (OCA).

“Perhaps most monumental is the fact that the legislation would prohibit GMO food manufacturers from using promotional labels like “natural,” “naturally made,” “naturally grown,” “all natural,” or any words of similar import, the OCA said.

“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,” according to the bill’s statement of purpose.

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Vermont Introduces Monumental GMO Labeling Legislation

Vermont has taken the initiative against Monsanto and other biotechnology corporations in launching new legislation that would require the labeling of products containing genetically modified ingredients.

The bill, known as the ‘VT Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act’, was introduced to the Vermont House of Representatives by Representative Kate Webb of Shelburne on February 1st, 2012. Continue reading

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Coalition Partners NOFA and Rural Vermont Join Vermont Farmers in Taking on Monsanto

NOFA, Rural Vermont and Full Moon Farm are among the 83 plaintiffs in a lawsuit looking to protect Vermont farmers from corporate giant Monsanto. The lawsuit, filed in March, seeks to protect Vermont farmers from being sued by Monsanto for patent infringement.

To learn more about the suit click here.

H.722, The VT Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act Introduced to Vermont House of Representatives

It is estimated that 70% of all packaged food sold in the United States contains Genetically engineered ingredients, yet consumers have no way choosing whether or not to buy these foods because they are not labeled. In response to growing concern about this issue Representative Kate Webb of Shelburne introduced H.722, the VT Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act, into the Vermont House of Representatives on February 1, 2012. The Act would address consumer concerns by requiring food sold at retail outlets in the state of Vermont to be labeled if it is genetically engineered, or produced with genetically engineered ingredients. Continue reading

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