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Vermont governor signs GMO food labeling into law
CNN.com ^ | May 8, 2014 | Dana Ford and Lorenzo Ferrigno

Posted on 05/11/2014 12:01:22 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

(CNN) -- Vermont's governor on Thursday signed a bill into law that will require the labeling of genetically modified foods -- hailing it as the first such law in the nation.

Under the new law, food offered for retail sale that is entirely or partially produced with genetic engineering must be labeled as such by July 2016.

"Vermonters take our food and how it is produced seriously, and we believe we have a right to know what's in the food we buy," said Gov. Peter Shumlin. "More than 60 countries have already restricted or labeled these foods, and now one state -- Vermont -- will also ensure that we know what's in the food we buy and serve our families."

In the absence of federal action, other states have introduced similar legislation or ballot initiatives, according to the non-profit Center for Food Safety.

Maine and Connecticut passed laws requiring labeling, but they won't go into effect until other states pass GMO-labeling laws. Vermont is the first to pass a "no strings attached" bill, the watchdog group said.

Supporters of the law expect it will be challenged in court.

"I can make no predictions or promises about how the courts will ultimately rule but I can promise that my office will mount a vigorous and zealous defense of the law that has so much support from Vermont consumers," said Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell.

The governor tweeted: "Those opposed will put up a fight. Help us fight back."

(Excerpt) Read more at cnn.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Vermont
KEYWORDS: agriculture; cancer; canolaoil; chemicalfood; connecticut; corn; food; gmo; gmolabeling; health; hfcs; kidneydisase; maine; monsanto; montpelier; nannystate; nutrition; roundup; soy; vermont
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1 posted on 05/11/2014 12:01:22 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: SheLion; Eric Blair 2084; -YYZ-; 31R1O; 383rr; AFreeBird; AGreatPer; Alamo-Girl; Alia; altura; ...

Nanny State PING!


2 posted on 05/11/2014 12:02:03 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Of COURSE bacon is good for you!!!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Half the people on FR will support this government intrusion. Just watch.


3 posted on 05/11/2014 12:10:06 PM PDT by Codeflier (Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama - 4 democrat presidents in a row and counting...)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I hate to say anything nice about the Red Mountain State, but I do not see the problem with wanting to know what the hell is in our food.


4 posted on 05/11/2014 12:16:25 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (Yehovah saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The more information the better. I am not necessarily against this. If they ban it or ban sodas over 12 ounces then I have a problem. People should not fear information.


5 posted on 05/11/2014 12:19:44 PM PDT by napscoordinator (Governor Scott Walker 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: who knows what evil?
You still don't know what is in your food with a vague GMO label. All genetic modifications are not created equal.

So it's more theater and government intrusion.

/johnny

6 posted on 05/11/2014 12:19:45 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: napscoordinator
People should not fear information.

Too bad you aren't getting any with a vague GMO label.

/johnny

7 posted on 05/11/2014 12:20:48 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Codeflier

I do because I don’t look at it as government intrustion. What I find government intrusion is telling me that I can’t buy a bigger than 12-ounce soda. That pisses me off to no end. Giving additional information to people is not a negative. How dumb that you think it is.


8 posted on 05/11/2014 12:20:58 PM PDT by napscoordinator (Governor Scott Walker 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: JRandomFreeper
Well we don't know that yet. I bet when they first started putting ingredients on items you had diarrhea over it. Sometimes it is ok....really.
9 posted on 05/11/2014 12:22:03 PM PDT by napscoordinator (Governor Scott Walker 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: napscoordinator
You still don't have any information on what exactly GMO means in relation to a particular food item.

It's meaningless theater for ignorant food fetishists.

/johnny

10 posted on 05/11/2014 12:23:42 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Codeflier
Half the people on FR will support this government intrusion. Just watch.

It looks closer to 80% Nanny Stater supporters than half. Good old GMO threads! The only topic where Democratic Underground and Free Republic posts are exactly the same!
11 posted on 05/11/2014 12:28:27 PM PDT by Codeflier (Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama - 4 democrat presidents in a row and counting...)
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To: Codeflier
Yep. Low information folks. Too bad they vote...

/johnny

12 posted on 05/11/2014 12:29:59 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

So what. It doesn’t harm anyone. Maybe people want to know. Instead of worrying about this, why not worry about getting rid of abortion which is the worst thing that the government has ever done. Anything else pales in comparison.


13 posted on 05/11/2014 12:33:00 PM PDT by napscoordinator (Governor Scott Walker 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

In July 2016 just watch how fast the store shelves become very empty. So what about Franken Food sold by fast food joints?


14 posted on 05/11/2014 12:33:41 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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To: who knows what evil?

I’m with you . Many people would like the info, but the federal pols are too easily bought off.


15 posted on 05/11/2014 12:38:23 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: napscoordinator
It harms the consumer by driving up prices for meaningless labeling that isn't informative.

Only an idiot can't see that government is costing businesses with meaningless mandates.

And people still won't know anything about the product. The GMO label is meaningless by itself. Except for food fetishists that gain a feeling of moral superiority by remaining ignorant of what they can't understand.

/johnny

16 posted on 05/11/2014 12:39:38 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

I don’t care. Prices have gone up the last year at the grocery store without any government intervention. The prices go up all the time. You are so unaware. Probably one of those rich type that haven’t been to the grocery store which is why you think that this is going to cause prices to rise when they have without it all year long. Please get with the rest of America ASAP.


17 posted on 05/11/2014 12:41:29 PM PDT by napscoordinator (Governor Scott Walker 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: Mike Darancette

In July 2016 just watch how fast the store shelves become very empty. So what about Franken Food sold by fast food joints?

Absolutely hyperbole. Seriously you can do better than that. This is really no big deal. I almost think you should write articles for the New York Times. You would be good at it.


18 posted on 05/11/2014 12:42:53 PM PDT by napscoordinator (Governor Scott Walker 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: 9YearLurker

The market is taking care of this by itself. The hysteria has gotten so great that any non-GMO product is already marked as such. Just assume it is GMO if not marked GMO free. Even though I believe the whole thing is much ado about nothing.


19 posted on 05/11/2014 12:43:47 PM PDT by Codeflier (Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama - 4 democrat presidents in a row and counting...)
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To: napscoordinator
Exactly what I would expect from a liberal government drone in the northeastern corridor.

I grow or hunt most of my food. I've worked professionally in the food service industry.

Government is constantly driving up food prices.

Only an uninformed idiot wouldn't know that.

/johnny

20 posted on 05/11/2014 12:47:47 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: napscoordinator
Prices have gone up the last year at the grocery store without any government intervention

That's not exactly true. While there has been no "headline" grabbing government intervention of late, every little tiny regulation or fee or tax imposed by government causes the cost of doing business to increase. Transportation issues alone are a huge cost, and that is regulated and feed and taxed through the roof.

21 posted on 05/11/2014 12:57:32 PM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

While I like the labeling, I prefer it as the result of the free market. I’m not a fan of Big Gov forcing this.


22 posted on 05/11/2014 12:59:06 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: Codeflier

This is what federalism is good for: Vermonters want it marked, and they can require that.


23 posted on 05/11/2014 1:03:03 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Codeflier

With some of the decisions Big Gov has made about our food, there could be an argument for this. As I previously stated, I’d much rather this be the result if the free market. However, we must take into consideration that CONgress recently voted to allow chicken processed in China to be sold in the US. The same country in which dangerous ingredients have been mixed with everything from baby formula to pet food. If CONgress allows this, they must be required to label it as such. I don’t want to buy it.


24 posted on 05/11/2014 1:03:26 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: Codeflier

Govt intrusion? where how


25 posted on 05/11/2014 1:04:03 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Its fun to piss those restaurant people off that look at food as ‘product’ instead of food.


26 posted on 05/11/2014 1:06:43 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Yeah its a shame we want to know whats in our food. A gol darn shame.

So much easier when the food companies can hide their crap.


27 posted on 05/11/2014 1:07:40 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: 9YearLurker

Who’s buying the pols off? The factory food companies.


28 posted on 05/11/2014 1:08:34 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver
The label GMO doesn't tell you what is in your food. All genetic modifications are not equal.

It's meaningless.

/johnny

29 posted on 05/11/2014 1:08:59 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Yeah its going to drive up the costs so much that they might have to change the label they change all the time anyway.

yeah thats the ticket

of course it might effect sales of GMO products, thats the real concern.


30 posted on 05/11/2014 1:09:49 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Codeflier
Half the people on FR will support this government intrusion. Just watch.

Yeah, you're right, half the people on FR will oppose such labeling and prefer that Big Brother decide what information consumers should or should not have.

It's amazing how some so-called conservatives get confused and think crony capitalism where Big Food and Big Government get together and withhold information from consumers is somehow government intrusion.

It's crony capitalism and the consumer is the loser as usual when CC makes the rules.

31 posted on 05/11/2014 1:10:07 PM PDT by Will88
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To: driftdiver
It's not just a label. It's the research, documentation, and everything else the government requires. For information that doesn't tell you a damn thing about what is in your food.

A vague GMO label is meaningless by itself.

/johnny

32 posted on 05/11/2014 1:12:35 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Sure they aren’t all equal.

Some genetic modifications are the result of selective breeding.

Some are the result of mixing spider DNA with goat DNA.

I’d like to know whether my strawberries have been genetically modified with spider goo. Or my corn flakes.


33 posted on 05/11/2014 1:12:50 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

So don’t make it vague.

Pretty simple solution, next.


34 posted on 05/11/2014 1:13:38 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Will88
If the company won't tell you what you want to know about their product, don't buy it.

/johnny

35 posted on 05/11/2014 1:14:18 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: driftdiver
Making a more detailed label drives up cost, and customers still won't know what they are getting.

/johnny

36 posted on 05/11/2014 1:15:53 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: driftdiver

Yep—the whole agribusiness complex.

They’re a good contributor of Congress moving toward amnesty, too.


37 posted on 05/11/2014 1:15:59 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: JRandomFreeper

They’ll know if there are genetically engineered ingredients in the product.


38 posted on 05/11/2014 1:16:59 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: 9YearLurker
Selective breeding is a form of genetic engineering.

It's a vague label, and as such, meaningless.

/johnny

39 posted on 05/11/2014 1:18:11 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper
It harms the consumer by driving up prices for meaningless labeling that isn't informative.

It doesn't seem to put them out when they change the labeling after reducing the amount of product in the package instead of raising the prices. I don't think adding a few words is going to drive General Mills out of business.

40 posted on 05/11/2014 1:18:22 PM PDT by Orangedog (An optimist is someone who tells you to 'cheer up' when things are going his way)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Oh cmon Johnnie, are you saying they don’t already KNOW whats in the ‘product’ they are selling? They had better damn well know or they shouldn’t be selling it in the first damn place.

If we don’t push back they’ll be serving vat grown meat at all the fast food places.


41 posted on 05/11/2014 1:18:33 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Of course, it doesn’t apply to selective breeding. We have very little food that isn’t a product of that, that’s not what the VT law refers to, and that’s not what customers want to know about. Jeesh!!!


42 posted on 05/11/2014 1:19:47 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: driftdiver
No, they don't know. That's one of the problems Europe is having with this law. 'GMO' foods in bulk can slip into other foods as ingredients without anyone knowing. Flour is flour, right? Add 0.01% flour from a 'GMO' source, and that information isn't something you can tell by looking at it.

Wheat comes from a lot of farms, and it all winds up in the same bag of flour.

/johnny

43 posted on 05/11/2014 1:21:48 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Orangedog
It's not just adding a few words. It's the research and documentation that cost the big bucks.

/johnny

44 posted on 05/11/2014 1:22:35 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: napscoordinator

If VT is the only state that has this requirement will the national brands accommodate them or just not ship to VT? If VT is worried about identifying GM foods then the question regarding fast food (and other restaurants) is valid.

You are right passing niggling little nanny state laws are no big deal; that is until their combined weight crushes an economy or society.


45 posted on 05/11/2014 1:24:01 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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To: 9YearLurker
Then what, exactly, type of genetic modifications is it referring to? Because there are many types of genetic modifications. Including selective breeding.

/johnny

46 posted on 05/11/2014 1:24:13 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

theater and government intrusion - ditto.


47 posted on 05/11/2014 1:24:27 PM PDT by bboop (does not suffer fools gladly)
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To: JRandomFreeper

It only slips because of loopholes with labeling laws and people seeking to sell GMO as non-GMO. They know people don’t want GMO which is why they mislabel it.

Kinda the whole point.


48 posted on 05/11/2014 1:24:42 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: JRandomFreeper
If the company won't tell you what you want to know about their product, don't buy it.

Nonsense. It's not at all unreasonable to require sellers to provide basic information about their products. And actually, if they think specific information will help sell their product, they'll plaster the info all over the product and run expensive advertising campaigns promoting such information. Such as the mostly bogus information about cholesterol and "heart healthy" foods consumers have been deluged with for about 50 years.

For whatever reason, you just support Big Brother government and you want Big Brother to decide what people should and shouldn't know about a product.

Despite all the whining and caterwauling, it would be very cheap and simple to label GMO foods, and also country of origin which most of the same sellers also oppose when it comes to China.

They don't want to label GMO because they know a significant percentage of consumers wouldn't buy it, as is their right.

49 posted on 05/11/2014 1:29:19 PM PDT by Will88
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To: JRandomFreeper

Again I don’t care. I am aware that government raises the price of food through legislation, but believe me when I say the corporations raise the taxes 100 times more. There is ZERO reason for the corporations to cut the box of cereal in 1/2 and keep or raise the price. The government has nothing to do with it. The corporations are very greedy now a days and you know it. Look at how they are screwing the customers with their 2 liter sodas and dish washer detergent, they are filling them only to about 75 percent. The corporations are evil with their screwing the customers. Of course since you don’t help the economy at all, you don’t care.


50 posted on 05/11/2014 1:29:21 PM PDT by napscoordinator (Governor Scott Walker 2016 for the future of the country!)
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