Agriculture

Vermont GMO Labeling Law to Go Into Effect on July 1st

The very predictable consequences of states creating complicated, unnecessary patchworks of regulations are about to come to fruition in Vermont.

In 2014, Vermont became the first state in the union to require the labeling of GMO food and beverage products sold within the state. Since litigation attempts and a nationwide legislative fix have fallen short of halting implementation of the mandate, it is set to go into effect on July 1st.

As a result, Coca-Cola has announced that some of its products will be temporarily unavailable in the state as the beverage giant works to comply with the new law, and they are not alone. According to the Vermont Retail and Grocers Association, up to ten percent of products are expected to be pulled from store shelves within the state.

Vermont can’t say it wasn’t warned.


In Depth: Agriculture

In a 1787 letter to George Washington, Thomas Jefferson wrote that “[a]griculture is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals and happiness.” Agriculture, perhaps more so than any other vocation or enterprise, is indelibly American. Defined as the cultivation of plants, …

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