Vermont Poised to Roll Out US' Toughest GMO Rules
Governor expects battle over 'common-sense legislation'
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 24, 2014 6:25 AM CDT
Updated Apr 24, 2014 8:11 AM CDT
Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin participates in the morning session of the National Governor's Association Winter Meeting in Washington, in this Feb. 22, 2014 file photo.   (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

(Newser) – Vermont's governor is set to sign a bill requiring the labeling of genetically modified food, a move that sets it apart from other states, the New York Times reports. While Connecticut and Maine have instituted similar requirements, their versions depend on state legislatures to take action first, the Wall Street Journal notes. Vermont's legislation, on the other hand, is effective July 1, 2016. "This is a historic day for the people’s right to know," says a labeling advocate. Governor Pete Shumlin expects a fight.

"There is no doubt that there are those who will work to derail this common-sense legislation," he said. "But I believe this bill is the right thing to do and will gain momentum elsewhere after our action here in Vermont." Vermont's house passed the bill 114-30 yesterday. The Times notes that about 80% of foods in grocery stores have GMO ingredients, according to the Grocery Manufacturers' Association—and since Vermont's population is just 626,000, companies wouldn't lose much revenue if they just stopped shipping to the state.

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Apr 28, 2014 5:07 PM CDT
How about signing a bill banning GMO ? If people really understood what is being done to their food they'd be puking in the streets.
Apr 24, 2014 6:06 PM CDT
GMOs should not be in the market until we are 100% it does not affect our health years from now, besides who will pay the health bills, the corporations, yeah right.
Apr 24, 2014 3:47 PM CDT
Great news! It's about time these pesticide laden grains are put in focus and ended. Monsanto aims to monopolize the grain industry with their patented gene spliced seeds. Tests prove many are toxic to some degree and less nutritious.