Monthly Archives: February 2013

VT H.112 gets ready for a vote in the House Agriculture Committee.

Today, the House Agriculture Committee spent the morning reviewing and modifying the language of H.112 which would require labels on genetically engineered foods sold in Vermont. After weeks of testimony the committee has begun the process of incorporating all the information they have gathered into this year’s bill.

The major issue still up for debate this afternoon is when the bill would go into effect. Last year, similar legislation passed out of the committee with the requirement that it would not go in to effect until labeling legislation was passed in California and two northeastern states. We are actively advocating that no such provision be included in this years bill. We believe that Vermonters’ Right to Know should not be contingent on the actions of other states.

The committee will continue its deliberations this afternoon and the bill is slated for a full committee vote either today or tomorrow. Stay tuned for more updates, and make sure to join us at our grassroots action forums in Middlebury and Burlington tonight for a full rundown of the day’s events.

Vermont Right to Know GMOs Announces State-wide Grassroots Action Forums Feb 25 – 28th

With all that is happening in the State House we thought it would be a great time to sit down and talk with our supporters, gather your input, and help you get ready to talk to your legislators during town meeting week.

So… we’re hosting five separate forums across the state to give you an update about the campaign, what’s happening on the national scene, and to help connect the grassroots efforts in Vermont.  These forums will provide helpful information about the many issues involved in this campaign, a chance to get to know members of your community who also care about this issue, and of course, GMO-free refreshments. Check out the list of forums below, or head over to the full web page by clicking here. We look forward to seeing you in two weeks!

Brattleboro

Burlington

Middlebury

  • When: Thursday, February the 28th, from 6:30 to 8:30
  • Where: American Legion Building, Boardman St. (Behind G. Stone Motors Rte 7 South Middlebury)
  • Contact: Matthew Ennis – mennis8@gmail.com
  • Local Sponsor: Middlebury Coop
  • Register Here!

Montpelier

  • When: Wednesday, February 27th, from 6:30 to 8:30
  • Where: Unitarian Church of Montpelier, 130 Main St.
  • Contact: Robb Kidd – robb@ruralvt.org
  • Local Sponsor: Hunger Mountain Coop
  • Register Here!

White River Junction

Additional Contacts

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at VTRighttoKnowGMOs@gmail.com, or one of our organizers:

Things are moving in the State House

Yesterday, the House Agriculture Committee began hearing testimony on H.112, a bill that would require labels on genetically engineered food sold in retail stores in Vermont.  From the start of the session it has been clear that the prospects of Vermont passing GE labeling legislation have improved from last year.

This year’s bill was introduced to the House of Representatives with tripartisan support from Democrats, Republicans and Progressives. In all, 50 of the 150 representatives signed on to sponsor this year’s legislation.

The broad support for this legislation was echoed by Speaker of the House, Shap Smith yesterday.  “Vermonters want to know what’s in their food. To the extent that we can create a bill that allows them access to that information and can survive constitutional scrutiny, we’ll move it,” Smith said. “People are working hard to see if a bill can get there.”

Over the next two days, Dr. Michael Hansen, senior scientist for Consumers Union – the company that publishes Consumer Reports –  will support mandatory labeling in his testimony in both the House and Senate Agriculture Committees. Hansen also has meetings scheduled with top House and Senate leaders.

A lot will be happening on this issue in the coming days and weeks. If you want to learn more, make to join us for one of the community organizing sessions taking place around the state during last week of February. Find out more details about these meetings here.