VT Leads The Way!

While Monsanto may have a powerful (and questionably unfair) voice in federal legislation, individual states are taking the power back. Last Wednesday, April 23, Vermont became the first state to compose and approve a law that requires all GMO-grown products to be labeled before hitting grocery store shelves. This includes banning any foods even slightly genetically engineered from being labeled as “natural” or “all natural,” a facetious phrase that dupes one too many consumers.

As a one-time resident of Vermont, I am proud to say that this law is on its way to receive government approval with backing by a 28-2 vote! Vermonters get a lot of heat for taking environmentalism to an extreme level, but progress like this will surely make others take the state and its stance on sustainability seriously. In fact, almost half the states in the nation are drafting their own versions of the bill, if a federal law continues to appear out of reach.

Consumers can buy organic foods if they want to.” – The Grocery Manufacturers Association on labels being unnecessary…

The fight against those backing continued GMO use and banning labels will continue to be a tough one, especially given the pressure on the federal government to create laws obliterating individual state legislation. Once passed by Governor Peter Shumlin (a likely outcome, most believe), the law in VT will go into effect on July 1, 2016. Hopefully statistics on consumer behavior and attitude, and more importantly, consumer health, will soon follow and help spread the message that food labeling can save lives, and that what’s behind the “bad” labels really shouldn’t be on the shelves to begin with.

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City Market in Burlington, VT. Local organic grocery store where I used to buy all of my (GMO-free!) goods
This story was sourced from: “Vermont lawmakers send GMO food-labeling law to governor”

Allison Beauregard

Allison is a New York City based writer with a focus on sustainability. Her work demonstrates how it is possible to have the “things” that make us happy without compromising the resources that provide these goods. With this vision, Allison sees a future where environmental degradation is reversed and the quality of human life is equally distributed. She is the Category Editor of The Franklin Report and was among the top 5 contributors for Elephant Journal in October 2014.

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