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GE Food Labeling Questionnaire PDF Print E-mail

Attorney General William Sorrell issued a GE Food Labeling Questionnaire in his first official solicitation of public input on the rules that will implement Act 120– the law requiring the labeling of foods produced with genetic engineering.

All interested persons, including food processors, grocers, and other retailers, distributors, the agricultural community, and consumers, are encouraged to take the questionnaire, which is available at www.surveymonkey.com/s/vt-ago-gefoodrule, and to forward it to others who may desire to provide input. The questionnaire will be open until June 30, 2014.

Act 120 gives the Attorney General the authority to promulgate rules to facilitate the labeling of GE foods. While the Attorney General will solicit official comments on a proposed draft rule later this year, individuals are welcome to provide initial input by taking the GE Food Labeling Questionnaire, and/or contacting the Attorney General via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . People interested in keeping up to date on the development of the rules can also sign up for periodic email updates by going to the Office's website, www.atg.state.vt.us, clicking on the GE Food Labeling Rule link, and following the directions there.

 
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Co-ops' Important Role in Passing GMO-Labeling Legislation

by Harriet Tepfer
July 2014

Vermont’s Right to Know GMO labeling law (H112), signed into law by Governor Shumlin on May 8, was a landmark step taken by our state, the first to enact such a law without the “trigger” clause included in the bills passed by Maine, Connecticut, and hopefully next year, New Hampshire (the trigger refers to the requirement that four neighboring states pass the law before it can go into effect). Much of the credit for this victory for consumers belongs to Vermont’s food co-ops, who placed high priority on educating consumers about the issue and informing them about how to push the legislation forward. Falko Schilling of Vermont Public Interest Research Group stated, “The co-ops of Vermont played an instrumental role in helping make Vermont the first state in the nation to require labels on genetically engineered foods. When the Vermont co-ops announced their support for H.112 in 2013 it was a turning point in the campaign that helped the bill pass the House of Representatives and proceed to the Senate. The co-ops have been incredible partners in outreach and education about the many issues involved with genetically engineered foods. I know I speak for everyone at VPIRG and the VT Right to Know GMOs coalition when I say that we are extremely grateful for the opportunity to partner with our community co-ops across the state in making meaningful change happen.”

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Producer of the Month: Grafton Village Cheese PDF Print E-mail

by Sabine Rhyne
June 2014

The Brattleboro Food Co-op exists to meet its shareholders needs for a sustainable local economy, among other ends. As part of this goal, we sell and promote many of the local products that make our local economy more vibrant. The Windham Foundation based in Grafton, VT, is on a mission to promote the vitality of Grafton and Vermont’s rural communities, and these efforts are based on profits from its economic engines. Grafton Village Cheese is an important economic generator for the foundation, but it also engenders the mission in its relationship with quite a few family farms. And soon you will see how similar our endeavors are.

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