The Food Industry Sues The State Of Vermont Over GMO Labeling

GMOLabelingLaw4Food Industry Associations Sue Vermont Over GMO Labeling Law, Food Safety News, 13 June 2014

National associations representing food and snack manufacturers are suing the state of Vermont over its law passed last month that will require foods produced with genetically modified ingredients to be labeled as such beginning July 2016.

Vermont’s was the first “no-strings-attached” GMO labeling bill to pass in any state.

The government defends the public. Business defends profit. When business sues government it is to make money at the expense of public health. But they will somehow find a way to say the opposite:

“In a statement on the lawsuit, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) called the law “a costly and misguided measure that will set the nation on a path toward a 50-state patchwork of GMO labeling policies that do nothing to advance the health and safety of consumers.”

They’re not fooling anyone:

“Today’s move by the Grocery Manufacturers Association to prevent Vermont from requiring food companies to disclose the truth about what they put in the billions of dollars’ worth of food they sell to consumers is a desperate attempt to protect corporate shareholder profits at the expense of consumers’ rights and health,” said Organic Consumers Association’s National Director Ronnie Cummins.”

7 thoughts on “The Food Industry Sues The State Of Vermont Over GMO Labeling

  1. RB

    One reason we have such fights is because we divide everyone into groups. There are the “shareholders” versus the “consumers”. It creates an us vs. them attitude. It is like a shareholder can never be a consumer and vice versa. Can you pick out a shareholder from a consumer when you see them walking down the street? I propose we start to think of people as “citizens”. It is one big group. So you want to hide what you put in your food from your fellow citizens. That is harder to justify than hiding ingredients from anonymous consumers. Of course this division of people is everywhere: Democrats vs. Republicans; conservatives vs. liberals; rich vs. poor (1 percenters vs. the 99%), business vs. consumer, religious vs. secular, etc.

    1. Bix Post author

      The thing is, poll after poll of Americans show an overwhelming majority (up to 96%) want GMOs labeled:

      US Polls On GE Food Labeling

      Those numbers have to cross divides … Republicans and Democrats, people with a lot of money/education and people with little, both sexes, various ages. Just about everyone who eats! My opinion on this … there is a very small minority of people who are making these decisions. The voice of most Americans just isn’t getting through.

      “Policymaking is dominated by powerful business organizations and a small number of affluent Americans.”
      Is American An Oligarchy?

      Americans are so divided on so many issues, but not about this issue. 96% of us want this. You’d think it would be a no-brainer. What’s holding it up?

      1. Marj

        I’ve wondered the same thing–what’s holding it up? When the vote was held in CA in 2012 what was it that influenced the voters to vote against GMO labeling? I know a huge amount of money was spent by Big Food and Agriculture, but what was the persuasion? I was just looking up the year of the CA vote, and learned they had the reconsideration (of the bill) vote just in May 2014, and it was defeated AGAIN! So crazy.

          1. Melinda

            The California Senate defeated it. Someone’s getting paid off big-time. Bix, I wonder if the 4% who *don’t* want GMO labeling might happen to coincide with the wealthy CEOs of the manufacturing firms.

            1. Bix Post author

              Who’s voting against it? CEOs, could be. I was thinking it might be farm workers afraid of losing their jobs. Not that they really would, I don’t know, but anti-labeling propaganda could convince them of that.

  2. Bix Post author

    Come to think of it, if I was a food company, would I be creating two labels? One for Vermont and one for everywhere else? Who knows what laws could pass everywhere else? So, I’d make one label. Maybe all it takes is one State.


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