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”.…
March 18, 2013
It’s time to ramp up the grassroots action! Let’s show our legislature and our Governor that there has never been a better to time to stand up for Vermont and protect the interests of its citizens. Let’s make 2013 the year we pass a GMO labeling law in Vermont!
Last month, VT Right to Know visited White River Junction, Brattleboro, Montpelier, Middlebury, and Burlington to speak to crowds of concerned citizens about GMO Labeling. Almost 6000 Vermonters have signed the petition to require labels on GMO’s and hundreds have contacted their legislators.…
March 14, 2013
Last week, Governor Shumlin made the news with some remarks about his concerns around H.112, this year’s GMO-labeling legislation. In particular, he was concerned with the potential for a lawsuit by out-of-state interests once the bill is passed.
In a recent Times Argus opinion piece, Right to Know advocates Andrea Stander, Dave Rogers, and Falko Schilling set the record straight, clarifying some of the finer points of the legislation. In particular, the article emphasizes the hard work done by Vermont’s House Agriculture Committee in refining the legal findings of the bill and the differences between this year’s bill and the 1994 legislation on milk that caused much of the confusion.…
March 6, 2013
Since last week, when the House Agriculture Committee passed H.112 for GMO-labeling with an 8-3 vote, GMOs have been a hot topic in Vermont news. As the movement continues to get more and more press, it’s important to make sure we hear from the people this bill affects …you! Read what they’re saying, then write a letter to the editor in response to make sure your voice is being heard, too.
- WPTZ – “Committee to vote on GMO Labeling”
- Addison Independent - “VT House committee approves GMO labeling bill”
- VT Digger – “House committee backs labeling law for genetically modified foods“
- Times Argus – “GMO labeling bill advances”
- Boston.com – “GMO labeling advocates see improved chances in Vt.”
- VT Digger – “Feiner: Vermont Right to Know GMOs Coalition taking action”
- Seven Days- “Who’s Trying to Kill the GMO Bill?”
This week we also heard some very exciting news on the national front.…
March 4, 2013
On March 1st, after weeks of testimony, the House Agriculture Committee passed H.112 (this year’s GMO labeling bill) with a vote of 8-3. While this is the first of many hurdles the bill has to clear in the legislative process, it is a very positive sign for all of us who support labeling genetically engineered foods.
This is another great success in a week where we held five grassroots forums around the state, and talked to hundreds of Vermonters.…