Standing up to powerful special interests on behalf of all Vermonters, putting people ahead of profits.

From fighting against misleading food labeling and abusive credit card fees to advocating for an internet that is accessible, fair, and secure for all Vermonters, VPIRG is dedicated to pushing for laws and regulations that better protect the consumer.

Recent Consumer Protection News

A GMO labeling law that doesn’t require labels? No thanks!

On Thursday, two US Senators – Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Pat Roberts (R-KS) – announced that they had reached a deal on a national GMO labeling bill that would preempt Vermont’s law set to go into effect on July 1st. This bill would delay labeling for up to two years, while the Secretary of the Department ...

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Another attack on our right to know

We’ve been successfully beating back challenge after challenge to our GMO labeling law since its inception- and now another has popped up. Lobbyists for big food companies are trying to sneak changes to Vermont’s first-in-the-nation GMO labeling law into the must-pass budget bill, trying to secure last-second exemptions. As you know, corporate food giants are suing Vermont ...

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General Mills, Kellogg, Con Agra, and Mars will label genetically engineered foods in the U.S.

Over the past week, four of the nation’s largest food manufacturers have announced that they will join Campbell’s in labeling genetically engineered foods sold in the United States to comply with Vermont’s upcoming GMO labeling law. Food giants General Mills, Kellogg, Con Agra, and Mars made their announcements after a bill to eliminate Vermont’s GMO labeling ...

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Another win for Vermont’s GMO labeling law!

In a win for consumers across the country today, the U.S. Senate voted 48-49 against advancing a bill, known as the new Deny Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act, which would preempt Vermont’s GMO labeling law. In a press conference among representatives from VPIRG and the Vermont Right to Know GMOs coalition as well ...

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It’s now or never for our right to know.

Since the passage of Vermont’s GMO Labeling law in 2014, we’ve been working to defend it in the courts and in Congress. But now we’re at a tipping point: Senator Roberts’ version of the DARK Act is going to the full Senate for a vote TOMORROW MORNING at 11am. If passed, Roberts’ bill would not only seek ...

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Update: the DARK Act moves to Sen. floor

The U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture voted in favor of the new “DARK Act” yesterday, sending the bill to the Senate floor. The bill, introduced by Chairman Pat Roberts, is designed to stop the movement for GMO labeling in its tracks- undermining the public’s right to know and states’ rights to inform their citizens about the ...

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The DARK Act strikes back

Sign the letter: Tell the Seante to Reject the Dark Act – click here! The DARK (“Deny Americans Right to Know”) Act is back, and Vermont’s GMO labeling law is being attacked again. Thanks to persistent citizen action across the country we succeeded in stopping the DARK Act this winter, but with four months to go before ...

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Healthy Soil = Healthy Planet

Today our advocate Falko Schilling testified in favor of S. 159, a first-of-its-kind piece of legislation that would establish a state-level certification program for products produced using regenerative agricultural processes.   We support this bill for a few important reasons: It will help to legitimize and support regenerative agriculture, which has huge environmental benefits, including: Carbon sequestration and decreased greenhouse ...

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