JUDGE RULES: VT’s GMO FOOD LABELING LAW IS CONSTITUTIONAL AND CAN GO TO TRIAL

From Rural Vermont –

JUDGE RULES: VT’s GMO FOOD LABELING LAW IS CONSTITUTIONAL AND CAN GO TO TRIAL

In an eighty-four page decision issued late on Monday April 28th, Federal District Court Judge Christina Reiss denied the Grocery Manufacturers’ Association’s motion for an injunction to block Vermont’s GMO labeling law from being implemented. Although she also denied the State of Vermont’s motion to dismiss the GMA’s lawsuit entirely, her ruling did support many of the State’s key arguments in support of the law.

Vermont’s first in the nation GMO labeling law was passed overwhelmingly by the legislature last year, and signed by Governor Shumlin last May. Passage of the law was supported by the work of the Vermont Right to Know GMOs coalition spearheaded by Cedar Circle Farm, the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT), Rural Vermont, and VPIRG. .

Next steps in the case may include proceeding to trial to resolve outstanding claims, or an appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Though the Court found that Plaintiffs’ are not likely to succeed on blocking the disclosure requirement, the Court indicated that the prohibition on using the term “natural” will face an uphill battle. The law is set to go in to effect on July 1st 2016.

Please visit the VT Right to Know GMOs website for further updates as the court case continues.

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GMO Labeling Public Hearing

Rural Vermont – The hearing will take place on Wednesday, February 4, 2015, from 5 – 6pm in Room 10 at the State House in Montpelier.Additionally, the Attorney General has extended the deadline for submitting written comments on the rule by two weeks to Thursday, February 12, 2015.

There is a variety of additional information from the Attorney General’s office available here.

We encourage anyone, who is interested in helping to ensure that our GMO Food Labeling law is implemented effectively, to either attend this hearing or submit your comments to ago.GEFoodLabelingRule@state.vt.us before the Feb. 12 deadline.

 

Make sure you’re on the VT Right to Know email list so you will receive further updates as we continue to implement and defend our law.
Also, plan to visit the VT Right to Know booth at the 2015 NOFA-VT Winter Conference, Feb. 14-15 in Burlington.

VT GMO Labeling Action – June 16th

BREAKING NEWS:
Industrial Food Corporations
Attack VT’s GMO Labeling Law

Friday June 13, 2014

ACTION ALERT:

Rally to Defend Vermont’s New GMO Labeling Law

WHEN: Monday June 16, 2014 at 2:00PM

WHERE: Church Street, Burlington
– in front of the Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop

WHO: Vermonters who care about what’s in their food

Rural Vermont, a founding member of the Vermont Right to Know Coalition, invites everyone who cares about your right to know what’s in your food to join us for a rally in support of Vermont as we defend our new GMO Labeling Law.

Yesterday, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and a host of their industrial food corporate allies filed a lawsuit in federal court calling for Vermont’s GMO Labeling Law to be struck down.

The rally is being organized collaboratively by Ben & Jerry’s, the Governor’s Office, and the Vermont Right to Know Coalition. The goal of the rally is to demonstrate broad support for Vermont’s new GMO Labeling Law and to promote the Vermont Food Fight Fund.

Ben & Jerry’s will unveil a new ice cream flavor that will help support the VT Food Fight Fund and of course, free samples will be available.

VT still in the fight with Monsanto

From VT Right to Know GMOs – April 17, 2014

Bill Passes Senate, 28-2!

Following Tuesday’s initial approval, the Senate officially passed Vermont’s GMO labeling bill (H.112) 28 to 2 on Wednesday!

This historic vote moves Vermont ever closer to becoming the first state to require labels on the GMO foods. The bill will now head to the House of Representatives where they will decide whether to concur with the Senate’s version of the bill, or create a conference committee to iron out the differences.

To visibly demonstrate the broad support for this bill we are calling for “honk and wave” events next Tuesday, April 22 (Earth Day) during morning “drive time” not just in Vermont but all across the country. Our national partners and supporters are helping to organize this.

Use this online tool to set up and share your local honk and wave!

In case you don’t know, a “honk and wave” is when you and your friends get some signs together, set up shop on a street corner (or highway overpass) and rally in front of motorists in support of GMO labeling. Please plan to snap a picture of your event and post it to the VT Right to Know Facebook page.

Keep checking our website for the latest on where people will be gathering, and make sure to share your pictures with us on Facebook, Twitter or via email – vtrighttoknowgmos(at)gmail.com. Thank you so much for everything you have done to get us this far!

Read the VT Digger article – http://vtdigger.org/2014/04/17/senate-passes-gmo-labeling-bill/

This is obviously another states right issue – “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” – US Constitution

Check out the tenth amendment centers website to learn more – http://tenthamendmentcenter.com

GMO Labeling Bill (H.112) up for Senate Floor Vote

Rural VT Action Update – April 13, 2014

GMO Labeling Bill  (H.112) up for Senate Floor Vote

CALLS TO SENATORS NEEDED!!!

If you are on the VT Right to Know GMOs contact list you have already heard that the GMO Labeling bill was passed last week by the Senate Appropriations Committee with a unanimous vote of 7-0. Now the bill is scheduled for a vote by the full Senate. ACCORDING TO THE INFORMATION WE HAVE AT THE MOMENT – the Floor Vote is likely to happen on Tuesday morning 4/15. The exact timing is difficult to predict as everything in the State House at this time of year is subject to change at the last minute. Right now the Senate is scheduled to convene at 9:30 and H.112 is the third bill on their agenda.

So here’s what we need you to do: Starting Monday morning and any time through about 10AM on Tuesday, PLEASE CALL YOUR SENATORS at the State House at 828-2228 or 800-322-5616. Be prepared to leave a brief message with the following information: Your Senator’s name – You can find that out here – Your name, town, and phone number, and the message: Please vote YES on H.112.

Everyone who has worked so hard on this bill is cautiously optimistic that, although there is likely to be some vigorous debate on the floor of the Senate, the support is there for it to pass. Vermont is poised to become the first state in the U.S. to require labels on GMO food with clear effective date for the law.

You are welcome to come to the State House to witness this historic vote. However, it is important to know that the Senate Chamber is very small with limited public seating and also, the rules are very strict including absolutely no use of electronic devices, including cameras, inside the Senate Chamber. You can however listen to the Senate proceedings on VPR through their live stream.

Rural Vermont and all the partners in the VT Right to Know Coalition will be providing updates via social media throughout the morning.

If you have questions or need assistance with contacting your Senator please contact Robb Kidd or Andrea Stander or call the Rural Vermont office at 223-7222.

Vermont Farmers take on Monsanto

Video via – Sep 20, 2012

Vermonter’s gather at a rally to protest Monsanto pushing their unsustainable products on Vermont Farmers. Rachel Nevitt (from Full Moon Farm) comes in at 8:20 in this video speaking about the unsustainability of Monsanto Corps.

Nevitt and her husband, David Zuckerman, are plaintiffs in a lawsuit that concerns patent rights and genetically modified organisms (GMO). – BFP full article about the lawsuit

excerpt quote from her speech –

Creating a seed that can not be selectively saved nor improved upon is NOT sustainable, asking farmers to buy all their seed from the same corporation is NOT sustainable, forcing farmers to buy Monsanto’s compatible herbicide annually is NOT sustainable, wide spread over-use of round-up herbicide leading to the creation of glyphosate resistant super-weeds is NOT  sustainable, suing farmers for saving seeds is NOT sustainable, suing farmers for cross-contamination is NOT sustainable, annihilating seed diversity is NOT sustainable,  not properly testing your products for long-term health or environmental effects is NOT sustainable, causing a never before seen on Earth pathogen that effects our livestock’s ability to reproduce is NOT sustainable,  Spending 7.1 million dollars out of their pocket-book to keep California consumers in the dark is NOT sustainable.” – Rachel Nevitt

When Monsanto speaks of sustainability they are speaking of sustaining their control and profits over our food supply, not the health and well being of our future generations and land. From Monsanto’s website on why they sue farmers who save seed, “When farmers purchase a patented seed variety, they sign an agreement that they will not save and replant seeds produced from the seed they buy from us.”

That is why,

Monsanto’s cost-inflated and ineffective seeds have been driving farmers to suicide, and is considered to be one of the largest — if not the largest — cause of the quarter of a million farmer suicidesover the past 16 years.

According to the most recent figures (provided by the New York University School of Law), 17,638 Indian farmers committed suicide in 2009 — about one death every 30 minutes.

Read the full article – http://naturalsociety.com/monsantos-gmo-seeds-farmer-suicides-every-30-minutes/#ixzz277ILHHmC

Take Action – http://www.organicconsumers.org/monsanto/