Things are moving in the State House

Yesterday, the House Agriculture Committee began hearing testimony on H.112, a bill that would require labels on genetically engineered food sold in retail stores in Vermont.  From the start of the session it has been clear that the prospects of Vermont passing GE labeling legislation have improved from last year.…

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We Have a Bill!

Yesterday, a group of 50 Representatives, including Republicans, Democrats, and Progressives introduced Vermont H.112, this year’s GMO-labeling legislation in the VT House. The bill was referred to the VT House Committee on Agriculture, the same committee as last year’s bill. Thanks to the experience of last year, as well as…

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Coalition Recognizes Ben & Jerry’s Statement of Support

Montpelier, VT – Today, Ben & Jerry’s announced that it stands with the growing movement to bring transparency to our food system by supporting legislation requiring mandatory labeling of foods produced with genetic engineering, or GMOs. The company has also committed to source only non-GMO ingredients by the end of…

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A New Year, a New Campaign

Right to Know GMOs is back for 2013! The 2013 legislative session has begun, and we are excited to see that as a result of your efforts last year, labeling genetically engineered foods (often called GMOs) will once again be a key issue in the State House. In pre-session conversations…

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Ben & Jerry’s commits support to GMO labeling

In a recent VT Digger article, Ben & Jerry’s spokesman Elizabeth Stewart is quoted as saying “We believe everyone has the right to know what’s in their food.” This statement clarified confusion around the involvement of Unilever, Ben & Jerry’s parent company, in the effort to block California’s Prop 37…

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VT Enviro Groups Slam Wind Moratorium

A proposed three-year moratorium on renewable wind energy development in Vermont was roundly criticized today by some of Vermont’s leading environmental organizations, including the Vermont Public Interest Research Group, Conservation Law Foundation, 350Vermont, Sierra Club Vermont Chapter, Vermont Natural Resources Council, Citizens Awareness Network, National Wildlife Federation’s Northeast Regional Center,…

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Join the VT Right to Know GMOs 2013 Campaign

The VT Right to Know GMOs coalition is at it again, working to give Vermonters the information we deserve by requiring the labeling of genetically engineered food products sold at retail outlets in the state of Vermont. Last year, our petition gathered over 6000 signatures across the United States, though…

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Environmental Movement Loses Staunch Advocate

VPIRG is mourning the loss of a true environmental champion – Joan Mulhern. Many Vermonters became familiar with Joan during her years as an advocate for VPIRG during the late 1980s and early 1990s. In fact, she was hired by VPIRG in 1985 to run our first summer canvass.…

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2012 Trouble in Toyland Report

The Trouble in Toyland report provides a list of dangerous toys that surveyors found on toy store shelves within the past month. The list includes a dangerous magnet toy, a plastic food set that is a choking hazard and a toy guitar that is harmful to little ears. Each year, thousands of…

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Trouble in Toyland, still, after 27 years

As we head into the holiday shopping season, dangerous toys can still be found on America’s store shelves, according to VPIRG’s 27th annual Trouble in Toyland report. VPIRG released a new report revealing the results of laboratory testing on toys for toxic chemicals including lead and phthalates, both of which…

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