The first state to pass a bill requiring that they be labelled as such in the grocery aisle, making the move despite the debate over the food industry on the genetically modified food products. Most Americans are interested for foods containing genetically modified organisms.
The Vermont bill says genetically modified foods “potentially pose risks to health, safety, agriculture, and the environment”
In relation to that policymakers are urged to support requirements for labeling if the Food and Drug Administration finds a health or safety risk. Consumers are mindful of knowing what is in their food.
Gov. Peter Shumlin plans to sign the bill that would take effect on July 1, 2016, giving producers’ time to comply, while the state does it alone; Food Associations would rather have a united goal on these for an easy implementation. It may not have a clear outcome how consumers will adapt GMO labelling.
Genetically modified crops have been altered to be resistant to insects, germs or herbicides. They have led to bountiful crops and food production but stirred concerns about the dominance of big agribusiness and the potential for environmental harm. Some scientists and activists worry about effects on soil health and pollination.
The labels will say “produced with genetic engineering” for packaged raw foods, or “partially produced with genetic engineering” or “may be produced with genetic engineering” for processed food that contains products of genetic engineering. Meat and dairy would be exempt.
There are more than 60 countries that require yet organic farmers from Vermont are still doubtful for positive outcomes. However, every good intentions, motives, and aspirations will be nothing without the cooperation of every citizen involve. GMO Labelling Bill is a huge step that requires great effort not only for government leaders who have a heart for the welfare and wellness of its constituents.
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