Vermont May Be First State to Require Labeling of Genetically Modified Food
MARK KARLIN, EDITOR OF BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT
It’s not a done deal, but Vermont took the first step toward legally requiring the labeling of foods that have been genetically modified.
Although the Vermont House moved the legislation one step toward becoming law last week, the GMO industry is fighting it tooth and nail, threatening lawsuits right and left. As a recent Truthout article noted, “Monsanto Threatens to Sue Vermont Over GMO Labeling Bill.”
The threat of legal action by multi-billion dollar corporations who are acquiring a monopoly on patented genetically modified food lets states like Vermont know that they will spend unlimited amounts of money on litigation, thus striking fear in state legislators who are worried about economically fragile budgets. As a May 13th Grist article quotes an NPR report: