In the last post, I briefly mentioned the loophole in Vermont’s legislation.
Since then, I’ve had dozens of emails from people asking for more information. So I’ve rescheduled the post that was supposed to go out today and will explain the scenario unfolding in Vermont right now.
In May 2014, Vermont passed what I called the toughest GMO labeling law in the country. The required that all genetically modified foods sold in the state must be labeled. This piece of legislation goes into effect in 2016.
But in the mean time, it contains a huge loophole that excludes the labeling of milk and cheese. For those unaware, Vermont is known for its dairy products.
Remember how in the last post I talked about economic ramifications? This is Vermont showing a strong anti-GMO stance but protecting its economic interests. Classy.
The Vermont Public Interest Research Group was one of the organizations lobbying for the legislation. Here is what they had to say:
“We wanted to make the law about genetically modified foods,” said Falko Schilling, a lobbyist for the Vermont Public Interest Research Group. “Milk itself is not genetically modified.”