Labeling GMOs mandated by bill
Published: Thursday, April 12, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 20:04
Over 70 percent of all packaged foods sold in the United States contain genetically engineered ingredients.
Without labeling mandates for these food products, consumers are in the dark about what exactly they are putting into their bodies or feeding to their loved ones.
Unless you have been living under a rock, you have probably heard of Vermont’s Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act (H.722). The popular legislative bill would require mandatory labels on genetically engineered food sold at retail outlets in Vermont. The bill has received an overwhelming amount of support with thousands of emails and calls and a 6-5 majority in the Vermont House Agriculture Committee.
However, the bill is losing steam with only four weeks remaining before the legislature adjourns for the year.
Despite the push to move forward, Vermont legislators are opting to idle the voting process with more public hearings in the hope to buy more time until the closing of the legislative session in the beginning of May.
This extra negotiation and lack of progression in the state House coincides with added pressure from corporate giant Monsanto, which strives to achieve sustainable agriculture.
Monsanto recently threatened a public official with the idea that it would sue Vermont if it dares to pass the bill.
Yes, Monstanto has a great deal of influence in our nation’s capitol as well as most state capitals, but elected Vermonters should not abandon public interest and ethics in the wrath of corporate intimidation.
Unfortunately, because of Monsanto’s incredibly powerful position, government and industry persistently side with the genetically modified giant rather than with the majority of the population supporting labeling.
Vermont, one of the most progressive states in the nation, needs to take responsibility and demand the basic right of knowing what is in our food.
For students passionate about the issue, there is a perfect opportunity to get involved and have your voice heard.
Attend the House Agriculture Committee’s public hearing on April 12 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Let your legislators know that you want to label GMOs.