The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) is showing desperation and claiming hardship as food manufacturers are required to comply with Vermont's new GMO labeling law starting July 1, 2016.
Citing "enormous challenges" and daily fines since a district court judge recently rejected GMA's request for an injunction to prohibit Vermont's GMO labeling law from going into effect, the multi-billion dollar Washington D.C.-based lobbying group said the law could prevent food companies from selling their products throughout the state. This, according to a press release published by the Organic Consumers Association, is being called ridiculous by Ronnie Cummins, international director of OCA.
“That’s why the OCA has called on consumers across the country to thank Gov. Shumlin for having the courage to stand up to Monsanto, and to challenge the junk food industry to go ahead, stop selling your toxic Twinkies in Vermont," he said. “Sixty-seven countries that represent 65 percent of the world’s population have already embraced transparency through GMO labeling. This latest ploy by the GMA to intimidate Gov. Shumlin and Vermont lawmakers is, frankly, pathetic.”
With Vermont being the only state to promote such a "stand-alone" law, consumers need to stand behind Vermont and praise the politicians for standing up to the food industry, Monsanto in particular. And that's why the OCA is thanking Gov. Shumlin for his efforts.
Will more lawmakers in other states stop stalling on their GMO labeling laws and stand in solidarity with Vermont lawmakers?