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Go Vermont! The state is setting an example for the rest of the country, as it may become the first state in the nation to require labeling of foods that contain GMOs.

The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously endorsed the bill, which would take effect in July 2016, if it passes all the way through. The bill will go to the Senate Appropriations Committee, then to the full Senate.

“The state of Vermont is about to go where no other state has bodly gone before,” said Senator Joe Benning.

Indeed, Vermont is leading the pack here, especially since its bill contains no trigger clauses like in other states. In Connecticut’s bill, for example, actual legislation cannot take affect until four states pass a similar bill.

We applaud Vermont for taking a step that might allow others to follow suit. After all, it’s frustrating to think that at least 64 other countries require GMO labeling, and that the FDA already requires the labeling of nearly 4,000 ingredients, additives, and processes. We deserve to know what’s in our food, and we want labels ASAP on harmful ingredients.

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