Monsanto Threatens To Sue Vermont If Legislators Pass A Bill Requiring Food To Be LabeledSubmitted by emalvini on Wed, 04/04/2012 - 18:45
By Will Allen and Ronnie Cummins
What it really comes down to this: Elected officials are abandoning the public interest and pubic will in the face of corporate intimidation.
April 4, 2012
The world’s most hated corporation is at it again, this time in Vermont.
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.