This Zoom session is from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST: Combining Scholarship and Activism: An Intergenerational Exchange. Information about the session and registration is HERE. Bob Gottlieb and I will address how to combine food policy scholarship and activism in discussion with two much younger colleagues, Ivonne Quiroz and Lo Anderson.
Vermont’s new GMO labeling regulations
Vermont has issued GMO labeling rules. They seem straightforward. Here are the ones that I think matter:
1. Unpackaged GMO foods must post labels
- Raw: “produced with genetic engineering.”
- Processed: “produced with genetic engineering,” or “may be produced with genetic engineering.”
2. Packaged GMO foods must be labeled by the manufacturer
- Raw: “produced with genetic engineering”
- Processed: “produced with genetic engineering,” or “partially produced with genetic engineering” (<75% GMO) or “may be produced with genetic engineering (if they aren’t sure).”
3. If the food is GMO, it cannot be labeled “natural”
4. The font can’t be any smaller that of Serving Size in the Nutrition Facts label
It’s hard for me to imagine why the biotechnology industry, Grocery Manufacturers Association, and so many food companies think that saying “may be produced with genetic engineering” means the end of civilization as we know it, so much so that they pour millions of dollars into fighting it.
Now they are taking Vermont to court to try to block implementation of these rules.
Otherwise, the rules go into effect July 1, 2016.
That will be fun to see!