Vermont Introduces Law Requiring Labels on Genetically Modified Foods
Proposed legislation in Vermont could soon require foods that contain genetically engineered ingredients to be labeled as such. Known as the Vermont Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act, the bill would go into effect in 2014 and apply to food sold in retail stores.
Other states are backing similar efforts—including California, Connecticut, and Washington—but the Vermont law is said to be unique in that it would also prohibit "natural" claims on labels of foods that are genetically modified. There is currently no law that regulates, with the exception of meat, how the word “natural” is used on labels.
The bill could have big implications for food labeling and how we do our grocery shopping. An estimated 85 percent of U.S. corn and 91 percent of soybeans are genetically engineered, as are more than 70 percent of the processed foods in this country.