What's Going on with GMOs in Vermont?

Say "no" to GMOs.
Say “no” to GMOs.

Vermont has spoken: In a vote of 114-30, the Vermont House of Representatives passed the Senate version of the GMO labeling bill, H.112. All that remains to be done is to get Gov. Peter Shumlin to sign it into law.

For a small state, Vermont is quite the political leader: It gave us Howard Dean, the first gay unions and now the right to know everything we put in our bodies as fuel.

Vermont is setting a great example and leading the way in saying “no” to GMOs without labels.

Vermonters have been speaking up and holding signs at rallies and outside state buildings that read: “Honest Labels Make Healthy Tables,” to “We have a right to know what’s in our food,” to “Label GMOs, we have a right to know,” among others.

And apparently it worked, because their squeaky wheel is getting the grease!

Now if the other states would follow suit, we’d all be able to make informed decisions when shopping for nourishment for our families.

Maine and Connecticut have GMO-labeling laws, but they are dependent on neighboring states also passing bills. Vermont’s stands alone.

Yes, there will still be those who purchase GMO-filled foods, just like those who buy the double cheeseburger meal at a certain fast-food chain despite seeing the calories in it, but at least the information will be presented.

And we think once people see how much is actually affected and modified, there will be pushback and that pushback will lead to change.

According to foodsafetynews.com, H.112 would require the labeling of processed foods sold at Vermont retail outlets and containing genetically modified corn, soybeans, or any other GMO ingredients. It would also forbid describing any food products with GMO ingredients as “natural” or “all natural.” Exempted are animal feeds and some food-processing aids such as enzymes for making yogurt.

GMO labeling of milk and milk products are not included in the version of H. 112 passed Wednesday; however, the bill requires a report by Jan. 15, 2015, from the state’s attorney general, in consultation with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, on whether they should be and the legal basis for the recommendation.

All in all, this is great news and we look forward to continuing to follow the bill in Vermont and also—hopefully—in other states! Thanks to VT Right to Know GMOs for keeping us in the loop throughout the entire process!

Written by Kitchen of Life staff

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