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Monsanto Threatens to Sue Vermont Over GMO Labeling Food Bill

Despite overwhelming public support and support from a clear majority of Vermont’s Agriculture Committee, Vermont legislators are dragging their feet on a proposed GMO labeling bill. Why? Because Monsanto has threatened to sue the state if the bill passes.

The popular legislative bill requiring mandatory labels on genetically engineered food (H-722) is languishing in the Vermont House Agriculture Committee, with only four weeks left until the legislature adjourns for the year. Despite thousands of emails and calls from constituents who overwhelmingly support mandatory labeling, despite the fact that a majority (6 to 5) of Agriculture Committee members support passage of the measure, Vermont legislators are holding up the labeling bill and refusing to take a vote.

Instead, they’re calling for more public hearings on April 12, in the apparent hope that they can run out the clock until the legislative session ends in early May.

What happened to the formerly staunch legislative champions of Vermont’s “right to know” bill? They lost their nerve and abandoned their principles after Monsanto representative recently threatened a public official that the biotech giant would sue Vermont if they dared to pass the bill. Several legislators have rather unconvincingly argued that the Vermont public has a “low appetite” for any bills, even very popular bills like this one, that might end up in court. Others expressed concern about Vermont being the first state to pass a mandatory GMO labeling bill and then having to “go it alone” against Monsanto in court.

What it really comes down to this: Elected officials are abandoning the public interest and public will in the face of corporate intimidation.

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1 comment to Monsanto Threatens to Sue Vermont Over GMO Labeling Food Bill

  • Ika

    Ive been studying about cults’ and berfoe this ecoli broke out it was already planned and organized, i was reading and ; this is not a mistake, this is a plot. A DEPOPULATION plan. Put the peices together, they talk on the news about over population. Besides that; theres the relation to the illuminati’ a cult that invests in satantic practices. This is not a group of people, its a worldwide industry. you need answers? there all around you. look at the world , look at the evidence .

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