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As consumers, we have the right to know what’s in our food.  But right now we don’t know whether products contain GMOs (genetically modified organisms), because they don’t currently have to be labeled. In fact, three-quarters of the food on store shelves are the product of genetic engineering, but have not been proven safe. These foods aren’t labeled in America, but they are in over 60 countries, including all of Europe and even China.

Learn how you can help Vermont lead the way, by requiring labeling of GMO foods sold in the state.

VPIRG responds to legal motions and the State calls for court to dismiss GMO lawsuit

August 26, 2014

Since VPIRG and the Center for Food Safety (CFS) filed our motion to intervene last month we have seen a lot of action in the case to defend Vermont’s GMO labeling law. In response to VPIRG and CFS’s motion to intervene the state of Vermont has said that they do not oppose VPIRG’s intervention in the case, and would support limited intervention by VPIRG and CFS. The Grocery Manufactures Association (GMA) and other plaintiffs responded by filing a motion opposing intervention by VPIRG and CFS, instead calling on the court to allow participation in a more limited role as “amicus curiae” or “friends of the court”.…

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Legal Documents from VPIRG/CFS Motion to Intervene

July 28, 2014

VPIRG is defending your right to know.

Read our press statement on VPIRG and Center for Food Safety’s motion to intervene by clicking here.

If you’re ready to really nerd out on the legal documents, here’s the full list of documents we filed with our motion to intervene.

Motion to Intervene: Click here to download.

  1. Memorandum of Law in Support of Vermont Public Interest Research Group and Center for Food Safety’s Motion to Intervene as Defendants;
  2. Declaration of Paul Burns, Executive Director of Vermont Public Interest Research Group (Attachment 1);
  3. Declaration of Jeff Weinstein, Vermont Public Interest Research Group member (Attachment 2);
  4. Declaration of Laura B.

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VPIRG and Center for Food Safety Move to Defend Vermont GE Labeling Law

July 21, 2014

Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG) and Center for Food Safety (CFS) formally moved to defend Vermont’s genetically engineered (GE) food labeling law, Act 120. The groups filed legal papers to intervene on behalf of the State of Vermont in order to assist in defending Act 120 from a legal challenge brought by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and other food industry trade associations. They are represented jointly by counsel from CFS and Vermont Law School’s Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic (ENRLC). Act 120 was signed into law on May 8, 2014. GMA, which represents the country’s largest food manufacturers and has poured tens of millions of dollars into anti-labeling campaigns in other states, sued Vermont just over a month after the law was signed.

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VPIRG’s Falko Schilling joins Tom Ashbrook on NPR’s On Point

July 8, 2014

Today VPIRG’s own Falko Schilling joined Tom Ashbrook on NPR’s On Point Radio to discuss GMO labeling in Vermont. Falko discussed how Vermont became the first state to require labels on GMO foods, and the legal challenges facing the State.The hour long program featured an array of guests and was broadcast on NPR stations across the country.  Click here to hear the rebroadcast of the episode, Falko joins the conversation at approximately 20 minutes in. 

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Your Right to Know is Under Attack

June 13, 2014

The Grocery Manufacturers Association and their allies are taking Vermont to court to stop our state from becoming the first in the nation to require labels on GMO foods.  The lawsuit demands federal court to step in and prevent Vermont from implementing our popular GMO-labeling law.

“This is corporate bullying at its worst,” said VPIRG Consumer Protection Advocate Falko Schilling. “Vermonters want to know what’s in their food, and they have a right to know. Our elected leaders did the right thing in requiring GMO foods to be labeled.”

VPIRG has been a leading advocate for GMO labeling in Vermont since the introduction of legislation in 2012.…

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Memo: Constitutionality of Labeling GMOs

May 30, 2014

Vermont Law School’s Environment and Natural Resources Law Clinic assembled the following thorough memorandum on the constitutionality of labeling genetically engineered foods.

Click here to view the memo.

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GMO Labeling Becomes Law!

May 9, 2014

May 8th was a great day in Montpelier! Governor Shumlin signed Vermont’s GMO labeling bill into law making Vermont the first state that will require labels on genetically engineered foods.

The law will require labels on genetically engineered foods (also called genetically modified organisms, or GMOs) sold at retail outlets in Vermont, and will go in to effect on July 1st 2016. The law would also prohibit labeling products produced with genetic engineering as “natural”, “100% natural” or “all natural”.…

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Vermont Passes GMO Labeling!

April 23, 2014

After years of hard work and dedicated action Vermont’s GMO labeling Bill has passed both the House and Senate! Today members of the VT House of representatives voted 114 to 30  to concur with the Senate version of the bill and to pass H.112. This nation leading “no strings attached” GMO labeling policy now heads to Governor Shumlin’s Desk for his signature.

Call Governor Shumlin today and urge Him to Sign H.112 into Law!

We are one small step away from ratifying the strongest GMO labeling bill in the United States.…

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VT Senate officially passes Vermont’s GMO labeling bill (H.112) 28 to 2!

April 17, 2014

Following initial approval, the Senate has officially passed Vermont’s GMO labeling bill (H.112) 28 to 2!

Click here to view the final vote results and see how your Senator voted!

This historic vote moves Vermont ever closer to becoming the first state to require labels on the GMO foods. Again, the bill will now head to the House of Representatives where they will decide whether to concur with the Senate’s version of the bill, or create a conference committee to iron out the differences.…

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Vermont Senate Approves GMO Labeling Bill!

April 15, 2014

Earlier today the Vermont Senate made history by giving preliminary approval to the nation’s first GMO labeling bill that does not rely on other states to go in to effect. The bill now needs final approval from the Senate before the House of Representatives will decide if they will accept the Senate’s bill, or form a conference committee. Today’s 26-2 vote is one of the last major hurdles to getting the bill to the Governor’s desk, and we could not have cleared it without you.

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