According to Natural News, a bill requiring foods produced with genetic engineering be labeled in Vermont has passed the house and the senate, and now just needs Governor Peter Shumlin’s signature to be signed into law. However, legal experts say a First Amendment challenge could be tough to defend.
The progress of H112 is being watched carefully by the trade, as unlike other state GMO-labeling initiatives, it has no “trigger clause” and will take effect on July 1, 2016, regardless of action from other states — should the governor sign it.
H112 does not require meat or milk from animals fed genetically engineered feed to be labeled and excludes medical foods and foods sold in restaurants. However, it does include some of the controversial clauses enshrined in failed Californian GMO-labeling initiative Prop 37, including the stipulation that foods containing genetically engineered ingredients cannot be marketed as “natural.”
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National protest organizers say they’re calling for “the permanent boycott” of GMOs and “other harmful agro-chemicals.” Miami organizers share this view, slamming “poisonous Franken foods.” West Palm Beach is more restrained, “calling into question long-term health risks” of GM foods and “demanding” their labeling “so that consumers can make informed decisions.”
Broward County protesters, who had a separate anti-Monsanto march last year (these things are becoming annual events), will caravan down to join the Miami action, “Due to red tape with City of Hollywood,” according to their Facebook post.
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