Vermont Pioneers Through New GMO Territory…

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,

Katie 🙂

Works Cited

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/>

 

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6 thoughts on “Vermont Pioneers Through New GMO Territory…

  1. Sam LaRussa

    Ooh, you have opened quite the can of worms for me with this one.

    First off, let me say that I agree consumers should have a right to know what’s in their food. I have absolutely no problems with that; if it’s going in my mouth, I like to know what’s in it.

    Still, I have yet to find a reason for the outrage surrounding GMOs. Obviously, this otherwise harmless Vermont law has been spurred on by this idea, and likely exists as a way to help people stay away from GMOs if they choose to do so.

    To be blunt, I’d say that most of the claims made against them are unfounded and spurred on by confusion, bad science and most of all, bad reporting. There is little evidence that genetically modified organisms are harmful to consume (and trust me, I’ve done a lot of looking). Most people who want them banned just say they are bad with little justification. If they were something frivolous like a sort of artifical sweetner or color, I wouldn’t care in the least. The trouble is, many GMOs, such as so-called “golden rice” and drought-resistant crops, actually have the potential to save lives in developing countries. Yet the European Union and other groups have had them banned their export for the same questionable reasons that I have mentioned above. Although the jury is still out on what exactly GMOs do to people, there is little doubt that anyone would rather eat them than starve to death.

    Also, it seems that much of the outrage is about GMOs being “unnatural.” I can’t argue with that; however, many foods, from potatoes and broccoli to wheat and sugar are far from what nature created without mankind’s intervention. The question is if we want us as humans have control over our food supply like never before. This means higher crop yields, better nutrition, better flavor and a lot of other changes, some good, and some bad. I think it’s time to question this war on GMOs, and start asking if it makes sense to block them outright or start making properly informed decisions on a case-by-case basis.

    Sorry for the rant, but this is something that has been bugging me for a while… good reporting, Katie, by the way. It’s always great to hear about emerging developments in any field.

  2. El

    I think it will be years before you will see any improvement in labeling. I am interested to see
    how is goes and what happens. Thanks Katie, great research

    1. Yes… it will definitely be interesting to see how this unfolds, and if the rest of the country takes Vermont’s lead and improves the labeling of foods containing GMOs… Thank you for commenting! 🙂

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