GMO Labeling

On February 6th, citizens came from far and wide to fill the well of the House and testify in support of H.112, a bill that I co-sponsored last year which would require that certain foods produced using genetic engineering be labeled in a simple and straightforward way. Vermont consumers, by an overwhelming consensus of approximately 90% of the population, desire the right to know definitively whether or not the food they are buying contains GMOs. There is a lack of scientific consensus on the safety of GMO because the FDA and the biotech industry say one thing while independent researchers paint a different picture, and because the industry was effectively deregulated from the outset while FDA’s own scientists were waving red flags. Both sides in this debate will continue to disagree and present opposing facts and viewpoints, but in the meantime I believe we should take a precautionary approach and enable informed consent in the marketplace.

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