Those who wished to testify were each given a minute to voice their opinions to legislators. With rapid-fire testimony for approximately two hours, the crowd maintained a quiet decorum. Despite a few uncontrolled outbursts of applause, the crowd fulfilled the committee’s wishes to remain silent, and would raise their hands in unison to voice support for those testifying.
One of the many people calling for the passage of the bill was VPIRG Consumer Protection Advocate Falko Schilling, who delivered the names of the 4,001 Vermonters who had signed the VT Right to Know GMOs petition in support of H.722 since mid-February. “We have seen an overwhelming response to this bill and it is gaining more support every day,” said Schilling, “It was clear from being in the chamber tonight that Vermonters want to see their legislators stand up for their right to know what they are eating.”
H.722 is still in the house Agriculture Committee with more testimony slated for this week. Follow the campaign on Facebook by liking VT Right to Know GMOs.