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Vermont’s GMO Labeling Law: A Farmers Perspective


In a recent piece, Vermont Dairy Farmer Joanna Lidback offers insight into the economic consequences of mandatory GMO labeling in her home state. Lidback looks at the consequences farmers, food producers, and families in Vermont and across the country face as more companies are forced to comply with the new law. Posted on the Iowa Farm Bureau site page, Joanna Lidback discusses how Vermont’s mandatory GMO labeling law will burden food insecure families, create a confusing patchwork of Read More >

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Rep. Pompeo’s GMO Labeling Bill Receives Broad Support from Lawmakers

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On June 18, 2015, the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Health subcommittee held a hearing to examine and discuss a national framework for the review and labeling of biotechnology in food. In a release, the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) applauded the House Energy and Commerce Health subcommittee for holding this important hearing and further discussion on the bipartisan Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act (H.R. 1599). Right now there are 26 states with pending Read More >

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House Ag Committee Examines the Impacts of Mandatory GMO Labeling


On Tuesday, March 24, 2015, the House Full Committee on Agriculture held a hearing to examine the costs and impacts of mandatory biotechnology labeling laws. Witnesses included Dr. David B. Schmidt, President and CEO, International Food Information Council and Foundation, Washington, D.C.; Dr. Nina Federoff, Senior Science Advisor, OFW Law, Washington, D.C.; Mrs. Joanna Lidback, Owner, The Farm at Wheeler Mountain, Westmore, VT; Mr. Lynn Clarkson, President, Clarkson Grain Company, Inc., Cerro Gordo, IL; Mr. Thomas Dempsey, CEO, Snack Food Read More >

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Like Dominoes they Fall – the GMO Labeling Bills Nationwide.


Last week, the General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (commonly called the state legislature) went into recess. While it is a year-round legislature, bills not passed by the end of last week are now considered dead. This would include the GMO labeling bill which proponents only weeks earlier had proclaimed to be supported by the majorities of both the House and Senate. However, a large coalition of agricultural and food organizations spent several months Read More >

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The ‘What’s the Point’ Category for GMO Labeling Bills


Lawmakers have so much work to do, and few days left in which to do it. Formal sessions will end July 31. These bills and a slew of others should be organized under a new heading: ‘Don’t Bother.’ –The Boston Herald “A Back Burner Beckons,” July 21, 2014 Vermont has recently passed a state law that requires food manufacturers to label certain foods made with genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Vermont’s next door neighbor, Massachusetts, has similar Read More >

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