The Vermont House voted 114-30 to concur with a Senate version of the GMO labeling law (H. 112) and send it to Gov. Peter Shumlin, who is expected to sign it. However, if the Governor does not sign or veto the bill the within five days the bill becomes law. The House had approved this bill last year but needed to vote again to agree to changes made while the bill progressed through the Senate.
The biotech industry and other opposition to GMO labeling laws have threatened to sue any state that requires GMO labeling laws. The Vermont legislature should be applauded for listening to their constituents and standing up to these kinds of bullying tactics.
Vermont is the first state to pass a trigger free bill. Maine and Connecticut have passed labeling laws that will not go into effect until surrounding states pass similar laws. Vermont’s historic legislation that requires foods containing genetically engineered foods to be labeled is scheduled to go into effect in July 2016.