Vermont Introduces Monumental GMO Labeling Legislation

10th February 2012

By Anthony Gucciardi

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

Vermont has taken the initiative against Monsanto and other biotechnology corporations in launching new legislation that would require the labeling of products containing  genetically modified ingredients. The bill, known as the ‘VT Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act’, was introduced to the Vermont House of Representatives by  Representative Kate Webb of Shelburne on February 1st, 2012. The bill would require the labeling of not only products filled entirely with GMOs, but also for those partially created using GM ingredients.

Perhaps most monumental is the fact that the legislation would prohibit  GMO food manufacturers from using promotional labels like “natural,” “naturally made,” “naturally grown,” “all natural,” or any words of similar import.  The bill, which can be  read for free online, would require strict and clear labeling on GMO-containing food items. The wording states that in the case of a raw agricultural commodity, the label ‘genetically modified’ would be clearly visible. As for processed food products, the words  ‘partially produced with genetic engineering’ or ‘may be partially produced with genetic engineering’ would appear prominently on the front or back of the package.

Referred to the  House Committee on Agriculture , testimony is to begin on the topic later this month.

The introduction of the legislation highlights the growing grassroots opposition against Monsanto and GMOs alike. In addition, the legislation would end phony ‘all natural’ product claims when in actuality they contain very  unnatural genetically modified organisms. Just recently one consumer  took legal action against major snack-maker Frito-Lay, claiming that the labeling of GMO-filled snack products as ‘all natural’ is deceptive and misleading.

VPIRG Consumer Protection Advocate Falko Schilling spoke in support of the act saying “This is a consumer right to know issue, just as we require nutritional labels on food so that shoppers can make informed choices, consumers should have the same access to information about whether their food has been genetically engineered.”

In the event this bill passes, a political awakening could occur across the nation regarding the true labeling of products filled with genetically modified ingredients.

About the Author

Anthony Gucciardi is an accomplished investigative journalist with a passion for natural health. Anthony’s articles have been featured on top alternative news websites such as Infowars, NaturalNews, Rense, and many others. Anthony is the co-founder of Natural Society, a website dedicated to sharing life-saving natural health techniques. Stay in touch with Natural Society via the following sites  FacebookTwitterWeb

 


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  • http://poetichealing.com Jack Weber

    Yay, Vermont! We have been working on this out here in HAwaii and California’s GMO Ballot initiative holds promise as well. Thank you for spreading the vital news about GMOs and especially this good news. Vermonters, please vote in this bill!

  • http://www.ruralvermont.org Bob Farnham

    The VT Right to Know GMO bill makes so much sense! Let the free-market system work and allow consumers the right to know what’s in their food. If they choose to eat Monsato’s GMO-laden food, so be it. However, with any understanding at all of the subject, I think consumers will make a healthier choice.

    The group sponsoring the bill is keeping people up to date on their Facebook page. “Like” it to find out how Vermont is going to be 1st AGAIN! https://www.facebook.com/VTrighttoknow

  • http://Website Haddington O’Heart, D.C.

    Bravo Vermont! It takes courage to stand up to Monsanto’s agribusiness tyranny, but we must all fight to save the remaining purity and integrity of our world food supply. Even in Iowa – where Monsanto dominates farmers and the rural countyside like Goliath – people are waking up to the mounting health dangers posed by GMO’s.

  • http://Website Svetlana

    I <3 VT

    As usual, VT leads the way in 'common sense' legislation. Take Vermont forward!

  • http://Website elmjcil

    Unfortunately, Vermont legislators succummed to pressure from the GMOs.

  • http://Website Marjo

    How do we get this kind of labeling in Australia? We desperately need this labeling here!!!

  • http://Website Dawn

    unfortunately,while we are waiting for the labeling of GMO’s,Monsanto’s plants are contaminating surrounding fields,so if we don’t start destroying Monsanto’s fields soon they will eventually contaminate the whole world

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