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Christina Sarich ~ Vermont’s Anti-GMO Legal Fund Doubled By NGO

“. . . regardless of the various arguments surrounding GMOs, people have a right to know if food is genetically modified.”  C Sarich

GMO_VermontLabelingLawThe non-governmental organization, and anti-GMO non-profit, MoveOn.org, has doubled Vermont’s legal campaign against the biotech bullies trying to overturn the state’s recent GMO labeling win. The organization made a massive deposit recently to support Vermont’s Food Fight Fund that will legally uphold the democratic decision to force companies to label all genetically modified foods.

Though the coffers of companies like Monsanto, Dow, Bayer, and Syngenta are enormous, and they are able to wage multiple legal campaigns in different countries simultaneously, they were recently defeated in a win by a small town called Nitro after residents were poisoned with Agent Orange chemicals. Now, with the help of citizens and anti-GM organizations like MoveOn.org, the biotech bullies won’t be able to supercede people’s right to know what is in their food. Continue reading

Vermont Approves GMO Food Labeling [Video]

RT America  May 8 2013

Vermont approved a law Thursday requiring all foods produced with genetically modified foods to disclose this on their labels. The first state in the US to require GMO labeling, Vermont defied food producers who are pushing congress to pass legislation barring states from setting their own standards for labeling. The new regulations will come into effect in July 2016.

RT’s Lindsay France has more details on the first-of-its-kind legislation in the US. 


Jon Queally ~ Vermont Law Makes It Official: GMO Food Must Be Labeled

CommonDreams  April 24 2014 (Thanks, H)

Vermont is being hailed as a national leader following its passage of a law requiring foods that contain genetically-modified food to be labeled, the first “no-strings-attached” legislation passed in the United States.

The bill, passed by both bodies of the state legislature, was signed into law by Governor Peter Shumlin late Wednesday.

“The people and legislators of Vermont have taken a tremendous step forward in allowing their citizens to know what is in their food. All families deserve this simple right to know.” —Rebecca Spector, Center for Food Safety

“I am proud of Vermont for being the first state in the nation to ensure that Vermonters will know what is in their food,” Shumlin said in a statement.

State Rep. Shap Smith, speaker of the Vermont House, echoed Shumlin’s message, stating: “Every Vermonter has a right to know what is in their food.”

“Genetically engineered foods potentially pose risks to human health and the environment,” he continued. “I am proud to be the first state in the nation to recognize that people deserve to know whether the food they consume is genetically modified or engineered.”

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A Clarion Call for Renewal of Democracy

John Nichols (The Capital Times) | RS_News | March 12 2012

OPINION | Vermonters went to their town meetings last week to settle questions about dump fees, snowplowing contracts and utility meters.

They also decided to take on the corrupt campaign system that is steering the republic toward catastrophe.

And they have done so in a voice loud enough to be heard all the way to Washington.

By Thursday morning, 64 towns had moved to amend the U.S. Constitution to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling – as well as the false construct that says, in the words of Mitt Romney, “Corporations are people, my friend.”

“The resounding results will send a strong message that corporations and billionaires should not be allowed to buy candidates and elections with unlimited, undisclosed spending on political campaigns,” declared U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.

Vermonters are not the first Americans to move to amend. Referendums have already passed in Madison and Dane County. Cities across the country, including Los Angeles, have urged Congress to begin the amendment process. State legislatures in Hawaii and New Mexico have too. (State Reps. Mark Pocan and Chris Taylor are proposing that Wisconsin join the call.)

But what has happened in Vermont is remarkable. Town meetings endorsed what once seemed a radical response.

It is not just liberals who are saying corporations are not people.

“Support for the resolution cut across party lines. Six towns in Republican districts and 13 cities and towns that have sent both Democrats and Republicans to the state legislature voted for the resolution by wide margins,” says Aquene Freechild of Public Citizen’s Democracy Is for People Campaign. “This bipartisan opposition to the Citizens United ruling mirrors several nationwide polls on the issue.”

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