• Monsanto And Big Food: Losing ‘Natural’ Food Fight

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    The fight for GMO labels in Vermont has turned into a all out food fight. H.112, the GMO labeling bill, was signed into law by Vermont’s Governor Peter Shumlin on May 8, 2014 and will take effect on July 1, 2016. On that same day the GMA announced they would sue the people of Vermont. For a summary on how the GMO labeling bill came to pass read this article written last week by Kate and Will, A Populist Victory in Vermont on GMO Labeling.

    After 20 years of battling Monsanto and corporate agribusiness, food and farm activists in Vermont, backed by a growing Movement across the country, are on the verge of a monumental victory—mandatory labels on genetically engineered foods and a ban on the routine industry practice of labeling GMO-tainted foods as “natural.”

    On April 16, 2014, the Vermont Senate passed H.112 by a vote of 28-2, following up on the passage of a similar bill in the Vermont House last year. The legislation, which requires all GMO foods sold in Vermont to be labeled by July 1, 2016, will now pass through a House/Senate conference committee before landing on Governor Peter Shumlin’s desk, for final approval.

    Strictly speaking, Vermont’s H.112 applies only to Vermont. But it will have the same impact on the marketplace as a federal law. Because national food and beverage companies and supermarkets will not likely risk the ire …

    Labeling food is no big deal. 64 countries around the world have already done it and so far this year, 67 GMO labeling bills have been introduced in 25 states. In a dozen states, at least one legislative committee has approved a GMO bill. Read the article: Many States Weigh GMO Labels.

    The Governor has created a special Food Fight Fund to help Vermont establish its labeling law and mount a powerful defense against any lawsuits. Citizens can donate in any amount. As of last week, the fund has gathered $12,000 from 293 individuals. Learn more about the GMO labeling law in Vermont at VT Right To Know.

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