The Vermont Senate has voted in favor of approving H.112, legislation that would require the labeling of GMO foods in the state. According to the Center for Food Safety (CFS), “minor changes made by the Senate must still be approved by the state House, which previously approved the measure (107-37),” but, after a governor signature, the law would then go into effect July 1, 2016. As we have reported recently, this legislation can be moved into action without clauses, meaning no surrounding states have to be on board for this to actually happen, making Vermont the probable first state to actually move GMO labelling to true action!
“This is a major victory for the food movement,” said Rebecca Spector, a leader for state labeling efforts at CFS, “Vermont will be the first state to enact a law to protect consumers’ right to know what is in their food without requiring other states to do so prior to implementation. Nationwide GE labeling is not a question of if; it’s only a question of when. And the answer is soon.”
This move is huge, and, if it passes the final hoops needed to become signed into law, “Vermont’s mandatory labeling policy will likely set the stage for more states to introduce and adopt no strings attached labeling laws,” writes CFS.
Vermont also faces the wrath of large chemical companies like Monsanto and Dow that would suffer in light of GMO labeling laws. “Unfortunately, chemical giants like Monsanto and Dow Chemical will not accept the will of the people,” said Colin O’Neil, director of government affairs at CFS. “Vermont’s initiative has spurred agrichemical industry lobbyists to push legislation at the national level that would eliminate states’ rights to protect their consumers. We vow to fight them every step of the way and call out industry efforts to keep consumers in the dark.”
In other words: we’re not backing down, GMO food companies! So many people want to see GMO labeling happen at this point, and it’s only a matter of time before, at long last, the people get what they want – not what a corporation wants instead.
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