Sen. Bernie Sanders is trying to change federal law to help Vermonters fighting against genetically-engineered foods.
A protest in Montpelier in March 2011 was part of a push by activists to convince the Legislature to require labeling of any products containing genetically modified organisms. The bill died in committee after agriculture giant Monsanto threatened to sue and state lawyers warned the bill was on shaky ground.
Thursday, Sanders proposed an amendment to the farm bill that would empower states to impose labeling laws.
"We have a large, powerful multinational corporation who is more concerned about their own profits than they are about letting the American people know what's in the food that they are eating," said Sanders, I-Vermont.
Sanders' bill would require the Food and Drug Administration and the Agriculture Department to report to Congress within two years on the percentage of food in the U.S. that contains genetically-engineered ingredients.