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.
The Vermont Senate has passed a bill that would require labels to identify genetically modified ingredients, starting in 2016.
The vote Tuesday was 26 to 2.
The Burlington Free Press reports that the bill still needs approval from the Vermont House. The house previously passed a slightly different version of a food labeling bill.
Senate President Pro Tempore John Campbell says people have a right to know what's in their food. Campbell, a Democrat from Quechee, believes the Senate has done its best to ensure the bill will be legally defensible.
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.
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.