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.
Vermont has passed the only law mandating the labeling of genetically modified — or GMO — foods. This week the state attorney general held a public hearing at the Statehouse on his proposed rule that would lead to the regulations to implement the law. It’s a law that is being challenged by some major food processing companies and supported by right-to-know advocates. Dr. Vandana Shiva is an internationally renowned environmental activist, scientist and the author of more than a dozen books. During a visit to Vermont, she talked with WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley about her support for the state’s GMO labeling law.
The Vermont Attorney General’s office announced that the only public hearing on the state’s proposed genetically modified food labeling rules would be held Tuesday evening. But advocates are upset that it was poorly publicized and few, if any, people knew about the meeting.
The Vermont Attorney General's office has released a draft of the rules it is writing to govern the state's first-in-the-nation law to require the labeling of food made with genetically modified organisms.
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.