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Vermont has officially enacted a law to require labels on foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMO), which takes effect July 1, 2016. The confirmation comes after a long battle that saw the state sued by lobby groups like the Grocery Manufacturers Association who are backed by Monsanto, as well as large agriculture and processed food corporations.

Burlington Free Press
The Attorney General’s Office in Vermont has formally adopted the regulations implementing a state law requiring the labeling of food produced with genetic engineering.

Vermont became the first state to require the labeling in 2014.

After months of public outreach and comments from producers, retailers and consumers, and after approval by the Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules, the attorney general’s office formally filed the adopted rule with the Secretary of State’s Office on Friday, to take effect July 1, 2016.

Attorney General Bill Sorrell said with the formal adoption of the rule, the state is giving ample time for food manufacturers and retailers to prepare for the law to take effect.

The bill is unconditional by comparison with efforts in Connecticut and Maine, which require other northeastern US states to require GMO labels before their respective provisions become active.

Vermont’s action comes as members of Congress reintroduced the bill in early April to pre-empt state label laws with “voluntary” federal guidelines first introduced in 2014.

The debate on GMO has expanded as many new forums take on the discussion, mainly news media that had previously ignored the issue, a change forced by grassroots activism.

The controversy over GMO technology and Monsanto’s ubiquitous Roundup herbicide is now international after the World Health Organization declared that glyphosate “probably causes cancer” in a new report ending 30 years of blackout on the issue. Monsanto has gone so far as to demand the WHO retract the declaration.

Mint Press News published an article extensively detailing the latest news involving Monsanto’s renewed public relations campaign to discredit people who embrace the debate, such as TV personality Doctor Oz.

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