Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin responded to the letter yesterday on his Facebook page:
The Grocery Manufacturers Association sent me a letter yesterday urging me to abandon Vermont's GMO labeling law. Here's my response:
Here's an idea for the industry: Just label your products. All of them, nationwide. 64 countries already do it. I'm sure the food industry in America could summon the moral imagination to be the 65th. The industry's real concern is that as goes Vermont so will go America. Plain and simple Vermont's law is about giving consumers the right to know what is in their food. For too long consumers in America have been denied that right. Vermont is saying enough is enough. Give us the right to know.
There will be two companies authorized to verify GMO-free claims in Vermont. Some experts worry about application backlog to meet the July 1 deadline, while others say it’s a step in the right direction.
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