Vermont is poised to be the first state in the nation to require genetically modified foods to be labeled, thanks to a bill that has overwhelming support in both houses of the state legislature, as well as a governor who promised to sign it into law.
Under the new law, businesses (not restaurants or retailers) are responsible for putting GMO labels on their products, and violators will be subject to a maximum fine of $1,000 per day, per product. The bill also anticipates that food lobbyists will sue the hell out of the state, and adds a $1.5 million legal fund to defend the act.
Of course, hippy dippy granola rainbow tree land Vermont has taken the lead on this important issue, which has only been addressed by private businesses thus far. But according to ABC, their actions will pave the way for similar bills in other states:
Twenty-nine other states this year and last have proposed bills to require GMO labeling, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Two other New England states have passed laws to require GMO labeling but the legislation only takes effect when neighboring states also approve the requirement.
Congratulations to Vermont for the bold new move, and for keeping the evil corn plant-people out of their state.
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