Friday, April 20, 2012


We all have the right to know what is in the food we eat and feed our children. Without common sense labeling requirements we cannot tell if our food contains substances of concern to us, including ingredients that have been genetically engineered. Join Vermont Right to Know GMOs and help us make sure Vermonters get the information they deserve.

Hundreds Gather in Support of Vermont GMO Right to Know Rally and Hearing

April 18, 2012
A great account of the April 12th public hearing by Farm Aid’s Joel Morton.
Farm Aid was on hand last Thursday evening at the statehouse in Montpelier where hundreds of Vermonters from all four corners of the state gathered to rally and publicly testify in support of bill H722, which would require clear labeling of all GMO products sold in the state. So many supporters of the bill packed the statehouse that the hearing before the House Agriculture Committee had to be moved from a smaller room onto the statehouse floor in order to accommodate everyone who wished to testify.…
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Vermonters Fill State House in Support of GMO Labeling

April 16, 2012
The Vermont State House was filled to capacity Thursday night for the public hearing on H.722, the bill that would label genetically engineered foods in Vermont. People came from all corners of New England, and unanimously called the members of the House Agriculture Committee to pass H.722. In all, legislators heard testimony from one hundred and twenty-two citizens who asked them to vote the bill out of committee, and for the bill to become law. “One hundred percent wanted us to pass the bill,” said Committee member Will Stevens.…
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Unnatural Buffet at State House Raises Questions About GMO Labeling

April 11, 2012
The Vermont Right to Know GMOs coalition held an “Unlabeled and Unnatural Buffet” at the Vermont State House today. The problem: right now, without a law requiring GMOs to be labeled, we just don’t know.
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Public Hearing on GMO Labeling Bill this Thursday, April 12

April 11, 2012
The House Agriculture Committee has scheduled a public hearing so that Vermonters can voice their opinions on the Vermont Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act (H.722) for Thursday, April 12th from 6:30-8:30pm at the State House.
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Bill requiring labeling of genetically engineered food saved from procedural death

March 20, 2012
Proponents of labeling also cite GMOs’ environmental effects. Gary Hirshberg, chairman of organic yogurt producer Stonyfield Farms, said that crops with a gene for resistance to a widely used herbicide, glyphosate (sold under the trade name Roundup), have resulted in herbicide-resistant “superweeds” on over 13 million acres of farmland in 26 states. This leads, he said, to greater use of stronger defoliants like 2,4-D.
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Vermont Looks to Become First State in the Nation to Require Labeling of Genetically Engineered Foods

February 23, 2012
The Vermont Right to Know GMOs coalition launched its campaign today in support of the Vermont Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act (H.722). This bill would make Vermont the first state in the nation to require the labeling of genetically engineered foods.
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Kate Webb of Shelburne, would address consumer concerns by requiring food sold at retail outlets in Vermont to be labeled if it is genetically engineered, or partially produced with genetic engineering.

With Dairy Law Enacted, Vermont Turns to GMO Labeling

February 17, 2012
Food Safety News discusses the VT Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act.
One bill that could shake things up in the current session is House Bill 722, a 16-page measure requiring labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients.
The bill, known as the Vermont Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act, was called an “initiative against Monsanto and other biotechnology corporations” by the Organic Consumers Association (OCA).
“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 OCA said.
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Genetically Modified Organisms in Food

February 17, 2012
More support for the campaign from our friends at Black River Roasters:
More and more people are reading food labels before they buy products to be conscious of what they are actually consuming and to avoid certain things such as trans-fat, sugar, aspartame, and MSG.  However, one thing that you will not be able to avoid is genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) or genetically engineered (GE) ingredients since they are not listed on the food labels.  In the United States, over 70% of all packaged foods sold contain GE ingredients!  Now as consumers, shouldn’t we have the right to know what exactly is in our food?
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Vermont Introduces Monumental GMO Labeling Legislation

February 9, 2012
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.
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Coalition Partners NOFA and Rural Vermont Join Vermont Farmers in Taking on Monsanto

February 3, 2012
NOFA, Rural Vermont and Full Moon Farm are among the 83 plaintiffs in a lawsuit looking to protect Vermont farmers from corporate giant Monsanto. The lawsuit, filed in March, seeks to protect Vermont farmers from being sued by Monsanto for patent infringement.
To learn more about the suit click here.
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