4-18-14 – Vermont’s GMO Bill

by John McClaughry

Last week the Vermont Senate passed a bill to require all food manufacturers to declare that their produce MAY contain Genetically Modified Organisms.  But the required label doesn’t tell the consumer whether the product does have GMOs – only that it might have them.

Progressive Sen. David Zuckerman of Burlington, who is an organic farmer, said  “It would be quite expensive and too onerous to require every manufacturer of every product to test every ingredient to put a definitive ‘this does’ or ‘this does not’ (contain GMO.).”

As reported by Vermont Watchdog, Sen. Peg Flory asked “A company doesn’t have to know if it’s [product is]  GMO? They can simply put on the label, ‘This may contain GMO products’?”

Zuckerman replied “It’s not a requirement of any company to ascertain all the different ingredients.”

Flory then asked “If this law is intended to say we have a right to know what we eat, how does it achieve that if everybody can put ‘this may contain GMO’?”.

“It’s really up to the product manufacturer,” Zuckerman replied.

Almost all packaged supermarket food contains genetically modified organisms – especially soy and corn based products.  Does the package you’re looking at contain GMOs? This bill leaves you completely in the dark. This has to qualify for the stupidest bill passed by the Senate in decades, especially since it will cost taxpayers as much as $8 million dollars to defend it in the certain legal challenge.

John McClaughry is the founder and current vice-president of the Ethan Allen Institute.

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Lazarus Long April 20, 2014 at 12:26 pm

In other news, The sky may be blue today.

What a rip that bill was. I’m sure it made somebody happy.

It’s the Vermont answer to the California “cancer label”.


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