Vermont is just one step away from mandatory labeling of food with genetically modified ingredients – the signing into law by governor Peter Shumlin who supports the initiative. Once enacted, the law will require food manufacturers to properly label their products by July 1st, 2016.
Vermont will be the first state where the law has actual consequences. Last year, Connecticut passed a GMO labeling law, but its implementation is contingent on other nearby states passing similar legislation.
Reminder: GMO stands for genetically modified organism. Most of the corn and soy grown in the US today is genetically modified, and many derivatives of these crops are in our foods. There is a debate as to the long term safety of GMOs. It makes sense to make information available to consumers so they can make an informed purchase decision.
The food industry is going berserk because of fears that labeling products as GMO will cause people to shun them. That’s why it is spending tens of million of dollars to defeat any attempt to require labeling. See what happened in California and Washington.
At Fooducate, we support transparency and believe that Americans have a right to know as much as possible about their food. The agriculture and food industries would have been smarter to provide MORE information from the get-go of GMOs 20 years ago; instead they have created suspicion and mistrust in the minds of consumers. It’s time for a change.