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Letter From the Editor: Right to Know Something Important

Opinion

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This is the moment of the year we all wait for, when the editorial writers come down from the hills after the election battles to shoot some of the wounded. The one I’ll take is easy, the Black Knight of the national GMO labeling campaign. Those old enough will remember the Black Knight from Monty… Continue Reading

Mixed Results For Food Issues in Midterm Elections

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The national headline of Tuesday’s elections is that Republicans have taken control of the U.S. Senate. This shift means that Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will take over as Majority Leader for the 114th Congress and that Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS), who won a hotly contested race, will become Senate Agriculture Committee chairman. One of the greatest surprises of… Continue Reading

Consumers Union: Labeling GMOs Would Cost Each Consumer $2.30 Annually

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The median cost of labeling genetically modified ingredients on grocery products would equate to an additional $2.30 per consumer each year, according to a new report sponsored by Consumers Union and conducted by ECONorthwest, an economics consulting firm in the Pacific Northwest. Consumers Union is the policy and advocacy branch of Consumer Reports. The organization… Continue Reading

Vermont Asks Court to Dismiss Industry Challenge to GMO Labeling Law

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Vermont’s attorney general has asked the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont to dismiss a lawsuit by a group of food manufacturer trade associations to overturn Vermont’s law requiring labels on genetically modified food beginning in July 2016. “The State’s motion makes the case that Vermont’s labeling law withstands all five challenges to… Continue Reading

No Marijuana Exemption in CO Initiative to Label GMOs

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A Colorado ballot initiative looks like it will make this fall’s general-election ballot after spending less than one-tenth of the amount spent to put a similar measure before Oregon voters in November. Both proposals call for labels on food made with genetically engineered ingredients. Colorado’s Initiative 48 should make the ballot with about $90,000 spent…. Continue Reading

Food Industry Associations Sue Vermont Over GMO Labeling Law

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National associations representing food and snack manufacturers are suing the state of Vermont over its law passed last month that will require foods produced with genetically modified ingredients to be labeled as such beginning July 2016. The lawsuit was filed jointly by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), the Snack Food Association, the International Dairy Foods Association… Continue Reading

Will Vermont’s GMO Labeling Law Survive Legal Challenge?

Opinion

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(This article was published May 5, 2014, on Lauren Handel’s law firm site and is posted here with permission.) Vermont’s GMO labeling bill is expected to be challenged in the courts soon after it is signed by the governor. In an opinion piece for Food Safety News, Shelley Powers predicts that, “Vermont Will Triumph Against Court… Continue Reading

Vermont Will Triumph Against Court Challenges to New Labeling Legislation

Opinion

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In a May 3 column, Food Safety News editor Dan Flynn wrote a rather scathing editorial about Vermont’s new GMO labeling law. Among the criticisms, he asked a question: “If there is some skilled member of the bar out there who has done the sort of professional analysis that is normally available, please send it… Continue Reading

Vermont Legislature Approves GMO Labeling Bill

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With the opportunity to make a little history on the line, the Vermont House of Representatives decided not to quibble about its original GMO labeling bill. Instead of asking for a conference committee with the Vermont Senate to work out their differences, the House on Wednesday just passed the upper chamber’s version on a 114-30… Continue Reading