Recently, Vermont decided to listen to their citizens and passed a law that requires the labeling of all foods that contain genetically-modified organisms (GMOs). Monsanto along with other biotech corporations partnered with the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association (GMA) immediately to file a lawsuit against the state of Vermont. However, Vermont stood their ground and fought back, gaining the support of 8 other states who are also rejecting Monsanto and their GMOs.
Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, New Hampshire, Maryland, Washington, Massachusetts, and Hawaii have all filed friend-of-the-court briefs in New York City’s U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to show their support of Vermont’s new GMO labeling law.
Time for Big Fines Could Come:
Monsanto and the other members of GMA are fighting these GMO labeling laws strongly because of how strongly the laws will affect their bottom lines. If they do not comply and properly label their products that contain GMOs, they will face an estimated $10 million in fines every day. Governor Shumlin, however, has a no-nonsense reply to their objections, stating:
“Here’s an idea for the industry: Just label your products. All of them, nationwide. Sixty-four countries already do it. I’m sure the food industry in America could summon the moral imagination to be the 65th.”
As proofed by the support of additional states, it is obvious that US consumers are completely DONE with GMOs. That is why we want them to be labeled, so we have the clear choice to refuse them. GMA and other knows this, and this si the reason they’ve tried every possible legal and illegal tactic to delay the labeling of GM food.
Is your state lagging behind in GMO labeling laws?
Or is your state or county trying to ban GMOs altogether as Josephine County Oregon is – now under attack with a lawsuit brought on by the biotech industry.
The industry says that Federal law takes precedence over state labeling laws, and that the lawsuit in Josephine County which has to be settled before the GMO ban can be upheld argues that a state law pre-empts the county ban, giving farmers of GMO sugar beets the option to continue growing them.
So which is it? States have the right to ban or enforce GMO labeling, or don’t they? The topic gets more convoluted weekly, but one thing is clear: consumers still say they want GM foods labeled, minimally, in poll after poll.