Vermont GMO Labeling Bill Clears Senate Committee 5-0
By Consumers Union on Thursday, April 3rd, 2014
“Vermont is about to go where no state has gone before” – Vermont Senator
The Vermont Senate Judiciary Committee voted 5-0 in favor of GMO labeling and is now sending the bill on to the Appropriations Committee, after which it will go to the Senate floor. Vermont is in the process of bravely becoming the first state to stand up for consumers’ right to know, with no strings attached.
Two states, Connecticut and Maine, passed GMO labeling laws last year. However, those laws have external requirements (also known as triggers) that must be met before the bills can be enacted. For Connecticut to go into effect, four other states must enact similar legislation; one of the four states must share a border with Connecticut, and the combined population of the northeastern states that enact GMO labeling laws must total more than 20 million in population based on the 2010 census. For Maine to go into effect, four other contiguous states must pass GMO labeling laws. Vermont is a key part in making sure these other laws go into effect.
So, Vermont is going where no state has gone before – and while they’re at it, they’re paving the way for states to follow their lead and effectively label GMOs. Vermont is standing up to bullying tactics from Monsanto and the rest of the biotech industry who have threatened lawsuits. They are standing up for our right to know!
Go Vermont Go!