Last month, Vermont became the first state that would officially require GMO foods to be labeled. But if Monsanto has anything to do with it, this plan could be derailed — or at least face a slight speed bump in the form of a lawsuit.
In May, Attorney General Bill Sorrell told Vermont Public Radio that he would be “very surprised” if Monsanto doesn’t sue the state. With the passing of the bill, Vermont state officials also had set up a lawsuit defense fund in the event of a suit against the state.
As we explained last month, “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 the Center for Food Safety. “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.”
Indian Country Today writes: “Among Monsanto’s outlandish claims is that a labeling requirement would be a violation of the company’s freedom of speech. In recent years, Monsanto has even gone as far as to partner with DuPont and Kraft Foods to grossly outspend and defeat supporters of similar laws in California and Washington, explains sumofus.org.”
Freedom of speech? Really, Monsanto? How about transparency for consumers? Wouldn’t that be the most fair thing for all? Monsanto is heavily armed with some of the best legal teams in the world — not to mention a ton of money — and so this threat is real and should be noted. However, we do have the power to voice our opinion that such a lawsuit would be really quite ridiculous.
You can sign the Sum of Us petition against Monsanto’s likely move to sue the state of Vermont here.
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