Vermont Introduces Law Requiring Labels on Genetically Modified Foods

 

Written by Rachel Cernansky

Proposed legislation in Vermont could soon require foods that contain genetically engineered ingredients to be labeled as such. Known as the Vermont Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act, the bill would go into effect in 2014 and apply to food sold in retail stores.

Right now, the only way to know if a food does not contain genetically modified ingredients is to buy organic; to some extent, the Non-GMO Project label helps as well, although that can be imperfect.

Other states are backing similar efforts—including California, Connecticut, and Washington—but the Vermont law is said to be unique in that it would also prohibit “natural” claims on labels of foods that are genetically modified. There is currently no law that regulates, with the exception of meat, how the word “natural” is used on labels.

The bill could have big implications for food labeling and how we do our grocery shopping. An estimated 85 percent of U.S. corn and 91 percent of soybeans are genetically engineered, as are more than 70 percent of the processed foods in this country.

Dr. Mercola explains the significance of this kind of legislation:

Mandatory labeling may be the only way to stop the proliferation of GM foods in the U.S. because while GM seeds are banned in several European countries such as Hungary, Germany and Ireland, in the United States, certain states are passing legislation that protects the use of GM seeds and allows for unabated expansion! At present, no less than 14 states have passed such legislation.

Michigan is one such state, with a bill that would completely prohibit local governments from adopting and enforcing ordinances like the ones being considered by Vermont.

This post was originally published by TreeHugger.

 

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97 comments

Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener4 years ago

Well done Vermont!

Lynn C.
Lynn C.4 years ago

Hope this passes!

Deborah D.
Deborah D.4 years ago

Kudos to you,Vermont! We need a state
to stand up for our right to choose what is in the
foods we eat.
Fighting a corporation like Monsanto may be
a tough battle, but I hope you lead the way for
other states to follow!

Sharon O'malley
Sharon O'malley4 years ago

Great!

Mara C.
Past Member 4 years ago

I hope my state, New Jersey, follows suit!

Russell R.
Russell R.4 years ago

genetically engineered > make it more bug resistant (destroy our immune system) - grow faster (age faster) > 20 years from now before the verdict is in

Cecily P.
Cecily P.4 years ago

I really hope this happens, also on a federal level. Even if GMOs don't actually hurt us, everyone should have the right to make the decision about whether or not to eat them!

Amber Beasley
Amber Beasley4 years ago

awesome!

Kathryn E.
Kathryn E.4 years ago

This should be done on the Federal level but it won't for sometime and the more it is out their the sicker the people become.

Why should they not label them; are they worried about people knowing?

I hope Nebraska is sane enough to adopt labeling but that is a dream; when we are controlled by people who think the TransCanada XL pipeline is a good thing. Crazy.

Betty J V.
Betty J. V.4 years ago

It's about time some legislators did something to protect the public health! but, why wait until 2014 for implementation? That leaves a whole lot of time for a whole lot of damage to occur!