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Food Fight Fund supporters surpass $300,000 donation mark
Gov. Peter Shumlin announced last week that the Vermont Food Fight Fund has received over $300,000 in donations to help the state defray to costs of a legal challenge by the big-food industry to its recently enacted law to require labeling of genetically-engineered food.
“I am pleased that this fund has exceeded the $300,000 mark, and continues to climb,” the Governor said. “Vermont became the first state in the nation to implement this common-sense labeling requirement, ensuring people know what’s in their food and changing the way we think about our rights as consumers. Donations have come in from across the globe, from generous individual donors, organizations like Moveon.org and SumOfUs.org, and corporations including Chipotle, Stonyfield Farm and Ben & Jerry’s, to name just a few.”
The governor signed the bill requiring labeling of packaged foods produced with genetic engineering into law in May, and it will take effect on July 1, 2016. Maine and Connecticut have also passed GMO labeling laws, but their enactment is contingent upon surrounding states doing the same. Food manufacturers have challenged Vermont’s law in court and legal proceedings are under way.
“Vermonters take our food and how it is produced seriously, and we believe we have a right to make informed decisions about the food we buy. This lawsuit will represent a vigorous and costly attack on our law, and I encourage Vermonters who support labeling to join the food fight today,” Gov. Shumlin said. “While a state like ours is at a disadvante when it comes to the money we have to spend on litigation, together we can lead the nation in this important fight.”
Visit www.foodfightfundvt.org for more information and to make a donation.