Grocers sue Vermont over GMO food label law

June 13, 2014 by Wilson Ring

(AP)—The Grocery Manufacturers Association and other industry groups have challenged a Vermont law that requires the labeling of food made with genetically modified organisms.

The federal lawsuit, filed Thursday in Burlington, had been expected since Gov. Peter Shumlin signed the state's GMO law last month, making Vermont the first in the nation to require the labeling.

The suit wants the law overturned and describes it as "a misguided measure that will set the nation on a path toward a 50-state patchwork of GMO labeling policies."

Maine and Connecticut have GMO labeling laws that haven't yet taken effect. New York is considering a GMO labeling bill.

The federal government has said GMO foods aren't materially different from other food, but critics consider them environmentally suspect and a possible health threat.

Explore further: Vermont law requires labeling of GMO foods

Related Stories

Vermont law requires labeling of GMO foods

May 8, 2014

Vermont's governor signed a law Thursday that puts the state on the path to be the first in the U.S. to require labeling of genetically modified foods, and he promptly announced an online fundraiser to fight expected legal ...

Vermont moves toward labeling of GMO foods (Update)

April 24, 2014

Vermont lawmakers have passed the first U.S. state bill to require the labeling of genetically modified foods, underscoring a division between powerful lobbyists for the U.S. food industry and an American public that overwhelmingly ...

New York is central in modified-food label debate

June 12, 2014

Agricultural, food and beverage companies have spent millions of dollars to defeat legislation in New York state that would require labels on food containing ingredients from genetically modified crops, highlighting the state's ...

Battle over GMO labeling rumbling in US

January 5, 2014

A GMO labeling battle is rumbling in the United States, with those demanding full disclosure of genetically modified organisms in food products pitted against big companies.

Recommended for you

Vitamin D supplements could help pain management

May 23, 2017

Vitamin D supplementation combined with good sleeping habits may help manage pain-related diseases. This paper published in the Journal of Endocrinology, reviews published research on the relationship between vitamin D levels, ...

Recommended daily protein intake too low for the elderly

May 23, 2017

You can find the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) on the nutrition labels of all your processed food. Food manufacturers are obliged to list the nutritional value of their products, and therefore must mention the percent ...


Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

not rated yet Jun 13, 2014
Put those grocers in jail for doing such a thing against the will of the people. It is high time that these malefactors of great wealth be called to account to crimes against the long suffering people of this nation that they have exploited so long and so viciously and so cruelly with their high prices, outsourcing, low wages, and imports from our enemies.
not rated yet Jun 13, 2014
Aside from the Grocery Manufacturer's Association, who are these other "industry groups"?

Regarding the GMA, their membership is a who's who list of big companies we're all familiar with. Got this off the Wikipedia article
which references a dead link on GMA's own site. In a brief excursion to the GMA site, I couldn't in fact find any public disclosure of who are their members. Why the reticence?

I wish Vermont luck. I doubt the GMA is doing this in my best interest as a consumer. If they argue for instance cost [of changing labels], I'd counter "how much are you willing to spend on these per-state law suits?"
not rated yet Jun 13, 2014
IF GMOs are SO safe, then why are Monsanto Corps and Dow Chemical willing to spend MEGA MILLIONS to keep YOU from having the right to know if GMOs are in your food?!?
not rated yet Jun 14, 2014
Personally, I am not particularly upset about GMOs. I take them on a case by case basis whether they are dangerous, or useful, or not. But I think transparency and honesty is mandatory. Foods and other products have to be labeled so people can make up their own minds.

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.