Interestingly, Vermont will be the first state in the USA to enact legislation requiring food corporations and manufacturers to clearly label products which contain genetically modified organisms no later than July 1, 2016. Once VT Governor Peter Shumlin, an advocate for properly educating and informing the general public about what’s really inside their food signs this mandate into law, it will no longer be legal for GMO containing food products to be disguised from citizens. While other states have made attempts to bring about such change in food labeling in the past few years, Vermont is the only one to date that has accomplished anything significant with their effort. In fact, California and Washington have tried to enact legislation similar to Vermont’s, however, companies such as Monsanto reacted by spending millions of dollars in advertising, ultimately convincing the public that GMO labeling wouldn’t actually end up being all it’s cracked up to be. Companies and corporations have an underlying fear that the growing pro-GMO labeling sentiment would wreak havoc on their businesses. With initiatives like the Non-GMO Project on the rise, it will be interesting to see how far food companies will go in an effort to prevent the illegality of labeling foods containing GMOs (Weingarten).
How do you feel about this… do you see GMO labeling laws as something that will happen imminently in your community/state, or something that will eventually happen in the future? Let me know!
Until Next Week… Plan Well, Pack Well, Live Well,
Weingarten, Hemi. “Vermont Will Be The First State to Mandate GMO Labeling.” Fooducate. Fooducate. 25 April 2014. Web. 29 April 2014. <http://blog.fooducate.com/2014/04/25/vermont-will-be-the-first-state-to-mandate-gmo-labeling/>