Legal battle over GMOs in Vermont begins

by Meat&Poultry Staff
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WASHINGTON – The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), along with the Snack Food Association, the International Dairy Foods Association and the National Association of Manufacturers, filed a lawsuit in US District Court in Burlington, Vt., over the state's law requiring labeling of food made with genetically modified organisms.

The Washington-based GMA has argued that Vermont has no compelling interest in labeling foods that contain GM ingredients because consumers who prefer to avoid foods with GM ingredients can choose from a variety of products labeled certified organic. Also, the Food and Drug Administration has ruled that bioengineered foods are not materially different than conventionally produced foods.

Under the Vermont law to take effect on July 1, 2016, if food for humans is offered for sale at retail in the state and is produced entirely or partially with genetic engineering, the food must be labeled to indicate that fact. Violators would face penalties and further action by the state’s Attorney General’s Office.

William Sorrell, Vermont's attorney general, said his office will mount a "vigorous and zealous" defense of the law. The bill creating the law contains a provision for a special fund that would cover costs and fees associated with court challenges.
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By Ben Edge 6/15/2014 12:30:20 AM
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By Eric Aasen 6/14/2014 5:54:09 PM
Diane Piehl, the only problem with your theory is there are basically no GMO produce. The main GMO crops are corn, soy, canola, and cotton. Most papaya from Hawaii is GMO so if you are a big papaya eater you might have an issue but as for the rest of the produce aisle there just aren't any. Hope that makes you feel better! If you are really concerned just buy certified organic. It can't be GMO by definition.

By Diane Piehl 6/14/2014 12:03:48 PM
To WJ 10:49 comment on 6/13/14. Well said. How do I donate to Vermont's fund? I also heard Monsanto is behind GMO companies lending $ to prevent us, the consumers from knowing what we are buying and eating. I want GMO labeling. I think I've figured it out myself which #'s on a sticky label on produce, esp. fruit to stay away from. I hate to say in a public forum, in case, that labeling gets changed and I have to figure out again which to avoid. But look at the like #s on conventionally raised produce, organic produce, then note the like #s on produce that must be GMO b/c they do not match the organics or conventionally raised. Avoid buying that. By DTP

By WJ 6/13/2014 10:49:47 AM
This is the opportunity for those who feel strongly about this issue to donate money to the Vermont fund to fight this battle. Other countries have labeling laws. Consumers in the USA have the right to know too. If the GMO companies are so proud of what they produce then they should be voluntarily labeling. In the long run this is a battle that the GMO companies are going to lose. The question is how much money will they waste fighting this rather than doing the right thing which is to produce a safe product and marketing it well.