GMO Labeling Regulations 

In May of 2014, Vermont became the first state to require GMO labeling. Last week, reported that Vermont’s Attorney General Bill Sorrell had adopted regulations to require labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients statewide.

The new rules won’t go into effect until July of 2016, to give all concerned adequate time to comply. According to reports from the Associated Press, there have been months of public outreach and comments from producers, retailers and consumers, and after approval by the Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules.

The GMO labeling movement has seen differing opinions across the nation from various groups since it began years ago. Last March, The USDA had a two-day summit on the GMO issue, and a House Committee on Agriculture hearing heard six witnesses speak about the futility of mandatory GMO labeling.

So far, legistlation seems to be maintaining parity in states that are addressing this issue. Alaska and Idaho are debating it now also. The public opinion is shifting and the industry is responding accordingly.

Last November, Colorado voters defeated a bill to require GMO labeling. At this stage, only three states – Connecticut, Maine and Vermont – have approved legislation that would require that genetically-modified foods be labelled. Similar efforts are under way in several other states. None yet have been put in effect.