Vermont passes GMO label law
- Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin has promised to sign recently passed legislation to require food be labeled when it contains GMO ingredients.
- The move pushes Maine and Connecticut one step forward with similar rules. Those states have already passed GMO-label laws that are designed to not go into effect until surrounding states enact comparable legislation.
- Vermont expects the food industry to mount a legal challenge to the law. The legislation provides for the funding of courtroom battles.
Despite the extraordinary amounts of money spent by food industry lobbyists, and the defeat of label laws in California and Washington Sate, the anti-GMO movement continues to advance.
It's unclear though if major manufacturers and their lobbying groups will file lawsuits to stop the Vermont law. A look at the GMO debate in recent months would suggest that food manufacturers are looking to end the war: Some major companies are backing away from GMO ingredients and some of the biggest players in the industry are declining to fund legal and electoral battles any longer.
- NPR Bracing For A Battle, Vermont Passes GMO Labeling Bill
- Burlington Free Press GMO bill one step from law
- Wall Street Journal Vermont to Enact GMO Food-Labeling Law