December 9, 2013
In September 2012, Gilles-Eric Séralini, authored a study on the toxicological effects of rats fed GMO corn, published in The Food and Chemical Toxicology (FCT) journal, Elsevier. The study questioned the safety of GMO foods finding solid scientific evidence that the herbicide glyphosate, prominent in Roundup Ready GMO crops like corn and soy, has toxic effects in blood, liver and kidneys, and is associated with an increase of cancerous tumors in rats. Séralini states that the study was not designed as a cancer study, but rather a toxicological study, and that the cancer findings strongly underscore the need for further work to followup on the cancer findings.…
November 14, 2013
The Right to Know Coalition leaders and activists are charting our next steps to victory. After what we saw industry opponents spend to get their way in Washington, mobilizing our grassroots strength here in Vermont is key to our success. Join us in Montpelier for a massive GMO labeling lobby day on Thursday, January 16, 2014.
October 11, 2013
$4,800,000. That’s how much biotech giant Monsanto has spent so far fighting a GMO labeling initiative in Washington State. With such deep pockets likely to turn their attention to fighting Vermont’s labeling bill, and we want you to join us for the October 12th March against Monsanto.
With the legislative session right around the corner, we will soon be fighting to make sure the Senate passes a strong GMO labeling bill. Last year, Vermont became the first state to pass a GMO labeling bill through any legislative chamber, and now we are set to get it to the Governor’s desk in 2014.…
May 28, 2013
Dave Rogers is a Policy Advisor for the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT), and is one of the lead organizers of the VT Right to Know GMOs coalition. Dave Joined NOFA in 2006 after 28 years as member of the UVM faculty in the Department of Animal Sciences, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Valid Concerns About Genetically Altered Food Justify Labeling
Published in print: Valley News – Saturday, May 25, 2013
Dave Rogers, Richmond,VT.…
May 10, 2013
Today the House of Representatives passed H.112 , this year’s GMO labeling law, by a vote of 99-42! This is the furthest any such legislation has made it through the legislative process in the US. It was clear that hearing from Vermonters like you that gave them the courage to lead the nation on this important issue.
May 9, 2013
Today the Vermont House of Representatives voted 107-37 to bring H.112, this year’s labeling law to a final vote tomorrow. If the bill passes it will be sent to the Senate where they will begin work on the bill in January, and it would be the first piece of comprehensive GMO labeling legislation passed by a state house of representatives.
Some of the strongest voices of support for the bill came from members of the House Agriculture and Judiciary Committees.…
May 7, 2013
Today the House Judiciary Committee voted 7-4 to pass H.112, the Vermont GMO labeling bill. The bill will now go to the full House of Representatives where a full vote is expected later this week. If the bill passes out of committee it will be the furthest a comprehensive GMO labeling bill has advanced in any state legislature. With the legislature slated to end their session later this week the bill will be in a great position to be taken up in the Senate when lawmakers return to their work in January. Please take a moment to contact your Representative(s) and urge them to pass H.112 this session!
April 16, 2013
Today, representatives from co-ops across the state of Vermont gathered at the Hunger Mountain Co-op in Montpelier to announce their unified support for GMO labeling legislation currently under consideration in the State House. The co-ops are joined by 6,811 Vermonters and 175 farms and businesses from across the state who have signed on in support the VT Right to Know GMOs campaign.
“We feel that it is time to require GMO labeling in Vermont” stated Hunger Mountain Coop General Manager Kari Bradley.…
April 15, 2013
House Judiciary Committee Chairman, Bill Lippert, notified the leaders of the VT Right to Know Coalition late Friday afternoon that the GMO Labeling Bill, H.112, will be introduced to his Committee on Thurs. April 18 at 8:30 AM. The Committee will begin its work on the bill by hearing from Legislative Counsel, Mike O’Grady who drafted the bill and Assistant Attorney General Bridget Asay regarding the legal issues of the bill.
After passing through the House Agriculture Committee with a 8-3 vote, H.112 stalled in the Judiciary committee for almost a month before representatives under pressure from their constituents scheduled the bill for a hearing.…
April 5, 2013
On Wednesday, April 3rd, Ben & Jerry’s hosted a workshop for Vermont’s specialty food producers to share the experience of their transition source only non-GMO ingredients across all of their products. Ben & Jerry’s staff from sourcing and R&D talked through the process of re-formulating flavors and what it takes to source non-GMO ingredients. Chris Miller from Ben & Jerry’s said, “as we move through our transition, we will end up sourcing only non-GMO ingredients across all of our products, and we will do it without raising the cost of a pint or eroding the products’ margins”.…