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.
A national food industry group says it will file suit in federal court within weeks challenging Vermont's new law that requires labels on genetically modified foods.
The Grocery Manufacturers' Association said Thursday, the same day the Vermont governor signed the law, that government has no compelling interest in warning consumers about foods containing genetically modified ingredients. The national group maintains the foods are not unsafe.
But Vermont lawmakers said they crafted the legislation to withstand a legal challenge.
The Vermont Senate Agriculture Committee has voted in support of labeling foods that contain genetically modified ingredients — without a requirement that other states act first before a Vermont law would take effect.
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.