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In her new book: Modified: GMOs and the Threat to Our Food, Our Land, Our Future, journalist Caitlin Shetterly has turned her own personal journey into an exploration of how GMOs may be affecting not only our health but our agricultural future as well.

Shetterly begins with her own family ordeal: her one-year old son would have bedtime episode where he would cry incessantly, stop breathing, and turn blue, and his body was covered with eczema. A forward-thinking pediatrician added corn to the list of foods to cut out of the baby’s diet to check for allergens, and his health problems all but disappeared. Then Shetterly herself began to suffer.

Shetterly decided to research all this which took her on a road trip through Nebraska and into Iowa, where she witnessed firsthand the changing face of agricultural America. 

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The U.S. House has passed and sent to the president legislation that will pre-empt Vermont’s newly effective GMO labeling law and replace it with what some consumer activists say is a weaker national standard.

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The U.S. House has passed a GMO labeling bill that would preempt a Vermont law that kicked in earlier this month.

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Late Thursday the U.S. Senate approved federal GMO labeling legislation and moved the bill to the House for consideration.  In Vermont, where the first-in-the-nation mandatory GMO labeling law went into effect last Friday, advocates say the federal bill caters to the whims of the corporate food industry rather than actually providing consumers information.

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The U.S. Senate resumed debate today on GMO legislation that would preempt Vermont’s newly effective labeling law.

March Against Monsanto in Albany, NY calls attention to GMOs
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Activists protesting genetically modified foods gathered on the grounds outside the state capitol in Albany on Saturday in solidarity with the international "March Against Monsanto.”

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The latest attempt in Congress to block states from passing GMO labeling laws has failed. It’s good news for Vermont, which is poised to become the first state in the country to implement mandatory GMO labeling on July 1st.

Jeffrey Reel: GMO Labeling

Oct 11, 2015

The Genetic Engineering Transparency Food and Seed Labeling Act, H.3242, if passed in Massachusetts, would require the words “Produced with genetic engineering” to be printed clearly and conspicuously on product packages that contain genetically altered ingredients.

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A new study released by a University of Vermont researcher has found that consumers do not consider GMO labels warnings, nor do the labels prevent purchases of the products.

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Rocker Neil Young is lending his support to Vermont's efforts to label foods containing genetically modified ingredients.

Young, who performed in concert Sunday in Essex Junction, appeared earlier with Governor Peter Shumlin and donated $100,000 to a special fund devoted to defending Vermont's GMO labeling law from legal challenges.

Young has stepped up his activism on agricultural issues, and makes reference to the Vermont law in one of the songs on his new album "The Monsanto Years."

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The battle over labeling food made with genetically modified organisms has shifted from Vermont to Washington. A Vermont assistant attorney general testified today before a Congressional committee about a federal proposal that would block state laws requiring the labeling of food made with GMOs.

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The Vermont Attorney General's office has formally adopted the regulations implementing a state law requiring the labeling of food produced with genetic engineering.

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Efforts aimed at blocking state laws that require mandatory labeling of genetically-modified foods are rekindling as Republicans in Congress this week suggested a new federal certification for GMO-free foods.  The proposal is being closely watched in Vermont.

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Farmers in New York state would be better protected against lawsuits from biotech companies if genetically modified crops inadvertently grow on their fields under a bill passed by the state's Assembly.

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The Vermont attorney general has asked the U.S. District Court to uphold the state’s newly enacted law that requires the labeling of genetically modified foods.

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The state of Vermont is asking a federal judge to throw out a food industry lawsuit that seeks to block Vermont's new GMO labeling law from taking effect.

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Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell is planning three public meetings on proposed rules to implement the new state law requiring the labeling of food produced through genetic engineering.

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The Vermont attorney general filed a request with the U.S. District Court Friday asking that it dismiss a lawsuit filed by the Grocery Manufacturers Association and other industry groups challenging the state’s new GMO labeling law.

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The Vermont attorney general has asked the federal court to throw out a lawsuit filed by the Grocery Manufacturers Association and other industry groups over a Vermont law that requires the labeling of food made with genetically modified organisms.

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Agricultural, food and beverage companies are spending millions of dollars to defeat legislation to require labels on food containing genetically modified crops in New York, highlighting the state's pivotal role in debates about what Americans should know about the products they consume.

Supporters argue people should know if food contains GMO ingredients.

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The Vermont Attorney General's office is beginning to make the rules that will govern the state's new law requiring the labeling of foods produced with genetic engineering.

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A Vermont senate committee has unanimously approved a genetically modified food labeling bill.

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The Vermont Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony this week on the likelihood of legal challenges to a proposed law requiring labels on genetically modified foods.

Supporters Push GMO Labeling Bill In New York

Feb 7, 2014
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In Albany, sponsors of a state bill to require the labeling of genetically modified foods, or GMOs, say they hope they have better luck this year advancing the legislation, after it died in committee late last session.

Global Rally Against Monsanto Includes New Paltz

Oct 12, 2013
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There will be a rally Saturday afternoon in New York’s Ulster County against the world’s largest provider of genetically modified seeds. The March Against Monsanto in New Paltz is one of hundreds being held across the globe.  

Protest marches are scheduled to take place on Saturday in close to 50 countries and more than 200 locations here in the United States.  Called “ March Against Monsanto”, the events will highlight what organizers see as a threat to the world’s food chain. Monsanto is a leading producer of genetically modified plant organisms, or GMOs.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with a local organizer of tomorrow’s march, Michaelann Bewsee, director of Arise For Social Justice in Springfield Massachusetts.

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The 38th annual summer conference of the Northeast Organic Farming Association is taking place today through Sunday on the UMass Amherst campus.  One of this year’s keynote speakers is Jeffrey Smith. Smith is a consumer advocate who for more than a decade has been sounding an alarm about genetically modified organisms, or G-M-O’s,  in food.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Smith.

A key Connecticut lawmaker says efforts to enact state legislation requiring labeling of genetically modified food died in the face of threatened lawsuits by food producers. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…

Representative Richard Roy, the House chairman of the Environment Committee, said Thursday that he unsuccessfully lobbied House Speaker Christopher Donovan and Governor Dannel P. Malloy. The legislation got no further than his committee.