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A Monsanto protest in Reno, Nevada

Monsanto Set to Sue Vermont for Requiring GMO Labeling

ICTMN Staff
6/4/14

On May 8, Vermont set history by becoming the first state in the country to require genetically modified (GMO) food to be labeled. 

When Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) signed the bill into law, he released the statement: “We believe we have a right to know what’s in the food we buy.”

But one hurdle still stands in the state's way: a likely lawsuit from Monsanto, the world’s largest GMO producer.

According to a recent report on labeling requirements from the nonprofit Council for Agricultural Science and Technology, at least 25 states are considering similar legislation, but with trigger clauses like Connecticut and Maine that require multiple other states to pass GMO labeling laws before theirs take effect.

"If Vermont wins, it might not be long until the entire country mandates GMO labeling, giving consumers the information to make their own choices," states a petition by the SumOfUs community (sumofus.org) that urges people to sign to protest Monsanto suing Vermont for its decision to label GMO foods.

Attorney General Bill Sorrell told Vermont Public Radio in May that he would be “very surprised” if Monsanto doesn't sue the state, reported the Washington Post. State officials  have even guarded against a lawsuit with a $1.5 million legal defense fund, which would be paid for with settlements won by the state.

Among Monsanto's outlandish claims is that a labeling requirement would be a violation of the company’s freedom of speech. In recent years, Monsanto has even gone as far as to partner with DuPont and Kraft Foods to grossly outspend and defeat supporters of similar laws in California and Washington, explains sumofus.org.

Sign the SumOfUs petition here.

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Submitted by Marcuscassius on
tHEY ARE SPENDING HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO HIDE WHAT THEY GROW, AND WHAT WE EAT. tobacco DID THE SAME THING. tHAT DIDN'T TURN OUT SO GOOD FOR THE PEOPLE. damn caplocks -MS Potowatomie

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Submitted by Two Bears Growling on
I believe Monsanto is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. How about a boycott of EVERY product they are part of? The only way to defeat these insane people there is to hit their wallet! These idiots who lawyer for this evil company deserve every sort of trouble that comes their way. ......................................................................................................................... It is not a right of this company to hide or disguise their franken foods they have messed with in Nature. It is OUR rights as consumers to know EXACTLY what is going on with the foods so many blindly put into their bodies. ......................................................................................................................... The best thing that could happen for all of us would be for Monsanto & ALL corporations like them to be ran out of business & ran out of every country in the world. These folks are so very dirty characters to say the least. I would suggest that each of you readers out here watch the documentary called " Food Inc." It will open your eyes in ways you never dreamed of all the dirty ploys this corporation uses & terrorizes those who refuse to their terms. Monsanto should be classified as a terrorist organization for all the evil they pull & try to pull on people all across the world. They are rotten & dirty to the core! So do yourselves a favor & watch " Food Inc."

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Submitted by choctawgirl on
Yes the government prefers soft kills and any greedy corporation that wants to get in on it will for the money. The Queen of England took advantage of opium and cocaine in Coke in order to control the people. This crap has been going on forever.
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