House and Senate lawmakers in Vermont are pressing ahead with another attempt to require labeling of genetically modified food products.
Similar legislation failed to win passage last year, but backers say that a movement a-foot in more than a dozen states to pass similar legislation, combined with movement on the issue by some larger corporations, is sending a strong message that people want to know what's in the foods they eat.
"Walmart is now starting to get behind GMO labeling, some of these industries may prefer it on a national level, which would be great for that to happen, but in the meantime I think momentum is building in any number of ways, so if Walmart says things should be changed, that's a real change in the landscape," said Sen. David Zuckerman (P/D-Chittenden County), a sponsor of the Senate Bill.
Ben & Jerry's is onboard -- co-founder Jerry Greenfield testified last week to house lawmakers, along with the group Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility. The A-G's office has said requiring manufacturers to add the GMO disclosures would likely lead to lawsuits with major manufacturers.
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