Last week Peter Shumlin, Governor of Vermont, signed the first “no strings attached” GMO food labeling bill. Food manufacturers will now be required to inform consumers if their products contain GMOs and will no longer be allowed to call genetically engineered foods “natural” or “all natural.”
Last year Monsanto threatened to sue the state of Vermont if they passed a GMO labeling bill and it looks like they are keeping their word. On May 9, the GMA confirmed that it will sue Vermont in federal court to overturn H. 112. According to an article in Organic Consumers Association:
Vermont isn’t the only state up against the multi-billion dollar lobbying group. The GMA, whose 300-plus members include Monsanto and Dow, Coca-Cola and General Mills, is pushing a bill in Congress that would preempt all states from passing GMO labeling laws.
Governor Shumlin is ready for the legal fight and told constituents that he signed it because the people of Vermont have a right to know what is in their food. He told his citizens he works for them and will not cave in to the threats of multi-national corporations.
In California, SB. 1381, our own version of the GMO labeling bill just passed the state senate.
You can make sure your voice is heard about our own labeling bill by contacting your state representative and Governor Jerry Brown: