Putting people ahead of profits and standing up to powerful special interests on behalf of all Vermonters.
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 and ensure that Vermont is a desirable, safe, and economically vibrant place to live, work, and raise a family. .
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Recent Consumer Protection News
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 ...Read More
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 ...Read More
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 ...Read More
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 ...Read More
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 ...Read More
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 ...Read More
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 ...Read More
I’m sure you’ve heard about Volkswagen’s emissions scandal, where the automaker intentionally installed “defeat devices” in millions of cars around the world to cheat auto emissions regulations. Consumers who thought they were buying “clean diesel” TDI engines were in fact polluting up to 40x above national standards, harming human health and the environment. Such egregious corporate ...Read More