GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISMS (GMOS) : FOOD DRINK NUTRITION DIET: FOOD LABELING : LAW: STATE AND LOCAL : UNITED STATES: STATES: VERMONT: Uncertainty Looms as Vermont Becomes 1st State to Label GMOS

 

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GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISMS (GMOS) :

FOOD DRINK NUTRITION DIET: FOOD LABELING :

LAW: STATE AND LOCAL :

UNITED STATES: STATES: VERMONT:

Uncertainty Looms as Vermont Becomes 1st State to Label GMOS

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Uncertainty Looms as Vermont Becomes 1st State to Label GMOS

By Dave Gram

Associated Press (AP)

July 1, 2016 at 4:23 PM

Washington Post

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/food/
uncertainties-loom-as-vermont-gmo-law-takes-effect/
2016/07/01/e8ac2664-3f45-11e6-9e16-4cf01a41decb_story.html

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MONTPELIER, Vt.  Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders joined other Vermont leaders Friday to celebrate the states newly implemented law requiring labels on genetically modified food and blast proposed federal legislation that could pre-empt the state requirement.

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Vermont became the first state Friday to require the labeling of food containing GMOs, or genetically modified organisms.

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Vermont had the courage to say … If its the right thing to do, what are we waiting for, Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin said to cheers from a rally audience of about 150 people on the Statehouse steps.

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Vermont Sen. Sanders sharply criticized the compromise bill in Congress that called for less stringent regulations, and said the bill has several shortcomings. The Senate is expected to vote on the bill next week.

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The federal legislation would allow an electronic code on a package to stand in for a label, requiring a smartphone and internet connection for a consumer to know whether the product contained genetically modified ingredients, Sanders said. Many products, including corn products, beet sugar and soy oils that are in many processed foods, could be exempt from the requirement, he added.

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Perhaps most shockingly and what exposes the partial nature of this legislation, this bill imposes no penalties whatsoever for violating the labeling requirement, making the legislation essentially meaningless, Sanders said.

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Vermonts law imposes a penalty of $1,000 per day per genetically modified product that is not labeled as required.

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At the Hunger Mountain Co-op in Montpelier, which specializes in natural foods and local products, general manager Kari Bradley said it was frustrating that a state law the cooperative has supported since its inception in the legislature might be erased from the books by federal action.

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He said food co-ops elsewhere in the country cheered them on but their states didnt have the political climate to pass a labeling law. The federal bill is not a solution thats in the spirit of the Vermont law, he said.

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