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Vermont Lawmakers Pass GMO Labeling Bill; Governor Expected To Sign 24.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont lawmakers have passed the country's first state bill to require the labeling of genetically modified foods as such, setting up a war between powerful lobbyists for the behemoth U.S. food industry and an American public that overwhelmingly says it approves of the idea. The Vermont House approved the measure Wednesday evening, about a week after the state Senate, and Gov. Peter Shumlin said he plans to sign it. The requirements would take effect July 1, 2016, giving food producers time to comply. Shumlin praised the vote and said he looked forward to signing the bill. "I am proud of Vermont for being the first state in the nation to ensure that Vermonters will know what is in their food," he said in a statement. Genetically modified organisms — often used in crop plants — have been changed at their genetic roots to be resistant to insects, germs or herbicides. The development in Vermont is important because it now puts the U.S. on the map of governments taking a stance ...
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Vermont moves toward labeling of GMO foods 24.4.2014 AP Top News
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Vermont lawmakers have passed the country's first state bill to require the labeling of genetically modified foods as such, setting up a war between powerful lobbyists for the behemoth U.S. food industry and an American public that overwhelmingly says it approves of the idea....
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As Vermont moves toward labeling GMO foods, manufacturers worry about costs, confusion 24.4.2014 Star Tribune: Business
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Vermont moves toward labeling of GMO foods 24.4.2014 Yahoo: Business
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont lawmakers have passed the country's first state bill to require the labeling of genetically modified foods as such, setting up a war between the behemoth U.S. food industry and an American public that overwhelmingly approves of the idea.
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Vermont leading US in GMO labeling campaign 24.4.2014 Yahoo: US National
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont could likely be the first state in the country to require labels on genetically modified foods, under a bill approved by both legislative chambers and favored by the governor.
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Vermont to Enact GMO Food-Labeling Law 24.4.2014 Wall St. Journal: Policy
VThe movement against genetically modified crops scored a signal victory Wednesday, as the Vermont legislature passed a bill that would make it the first state to require food makers to label products made with the ...
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Vermont leading US in campaign to require GMO labeling; bill wins lawmakers approval 24.4.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
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Vermont House Passes GMO Food-Labeling Bill 24.4.2014 Wall St. Journal: US Business
Vermont's legislature passed a bill that would make it the first state to require food companies to label products made with genetically modified organisms.
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Mercury News editorial: Californians deserve clear labeling of genetically engineered food 24.4.2014 San Jose Mercury News: Editorials
Sen. Noreen Evans' SB 1381 is a big improvement on the poorly written Proposition 37, which voters defeated in 2012
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Vermont poised to enact mandatory GMO-labeling 22.4.2014 TreeHugger
The state may soon require foods with genetically modified organisms be labeled.
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Monsanto’s Dream Bill is a Nightmare for State GMO Labeling Efforts 21.4.2014 Commondreams.org Views
Genna Reed

Last week, Representative Mike Pompeo (R-KS) introduced the “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2014” (HR 4432), a brainchild of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) that would serve as a real road block to the thousands of people who have been fighting for the right to know what’s in their food.

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Congress takes up food labeling fight 20.4.2014 Star Tribune: Business
Some states require labels disclosing use of genetically modified ingredients, but Minnesota’s big foodmakers oppose such initiatives.
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GMO Labeling Update: State Efforts Pick Up Momentum, Big Ag Doubles Down 17.4.2014 Commondreams.org Views
Temra Costa

(Map: righttoknow-gmo.org)Most Americans would prefer to know whether or not they’re eating genetically engineered foods (commonly referred to as GMOs). According to some polls, as many as 93 percent of us would like to see them labeled.

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Trait by trait, plant scientists swiftly weed out bad seeds through marker-assisted breeding 17.4.2014 Washington Post

Alan Krivanek, a tomato breeder for Monsanto, dons a white protective suit, wipes his feet on a mat of disinfectant and enters a greenhouse to survey 80,000 seedlings. He is armed with a spreadsheet that will tell him which ones are likely to resist a slew of diseases. The rest he will discard.

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This State Is One Step Closer To Labeling GMOs 17.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Carey Gillam and Lisa Baertlein April 16 (Reuters) - The Vermont Senate passed a bill on Wednesday that would make it the first U.S. state to enact mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. Unlike bills passed last year in Maine and Connecticut, which require other states to pass GMO labeling laws before they can be enacted, Vermont's contains no such trigger clause. Vermont's effort comes as the developers of genetically modified crops and the $360 billion U.S. packaged food industry push for passage of an opposing bill introduced in Congress last week that would nullify any law that would require labeling of foods made with genetically modified crops. GMO labeling is just one front in an increasingly high-stakes food fight raging in the United States, where consumers increasingly are demanding to know where their food comes from and how it was produced. "We have a growing food movement in which people are demanding more transparency," said Michele ...
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Mandatory GMO Labeling Bill Passed In Vermont Senate, Could Be Nation's First 17.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Carey Gillam and Lisa Baertlein April 16 (Reuters) - The Vermont Senate passed a bill on Wednesday that would make the state the first in the United States to enact mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically modified crops. "We are really excited that Vermont is going to be leading on this," said Falko Schilling, a spokesman for the Vermont Public Interest Research Group, which backed the bill. The bill, approved 28-2 by the Senate, has already passed the Vermont House of Representatives. It now goes back to the House to see if members will approve changes made by the Senate. The law is set to take effect July 1, 2016. The move in Vermont comes as the developers of genetically modified crops and U.S. grocery manufacturers push for passage of an opposing bill, introduced in Congress last week, that would nullify any state law that requires labeling of foods made with genetically modified crops. The Vermont law passed by the Senate would do just that - processed foods that contain ...
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Vermont Makes Huge Advance for your “Right to Know” 17.4.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire

The Vermont Senate today voted 28-2 to approve legislation that would require foods produced using genetic engineering (GE) to be labeled in Vermont. Minor changes made by the Senate must still be approved by the state House, which previously approved the measure (107-37). Pending the governor’s signature, the law would take effect July 1, 2016.

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Nation's Boldest GMO Label Law Nears Passage in Vermont 16.4.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
A yard sign in Underhill, Vermont supporting the GMO labeling bill. (Photo: VT Right to Know/ Facebook)After a groundswell of support from state residents fueled by grassroots activism, Vermont is on track to become the first state to require the labeling of food that contains genetically modified organisms (GMOs). “This is a victory for everyone who ...
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Vermont Lawmakers Pass Country’s First No-Strings-Attached GMO Labeling Law 16.4.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire

Today, by a vote of 28 to 2, the Vermont state senate passed H.112, a bill to require mandatory labeling of foods sold in Vermont that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The bill also makes it illegal to call any food product containing GMOs “natural” or “all natural.” Unlike bills passed last year in Maine and Connecticut, which require four or five other states to pass GMO labeling laws before they can be enacted, Vermont’s law contains no “trigger” clauses, making it the first “clean” GMO labeling law in the country.

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Sanders Applauds Vermont Senate Vote on Food Labels 16.4.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today welcomed a Vermont Senate vote to require labels on food containing genetically-modified ingredients.

“I am very proud that Vermont is taking the lead in a growing national movement to allow the people of our country to know what is in the food they eat. GMO labeling exists in dozens of countries around the world and should exist in the United States,” Sanders said.

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