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Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On President Obama Signing The Bill To Implement The ‘Deal’ To Nullify Vermont’s GMO Labeling Law

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy
On President Obama Signing The Bill
To Implement The ‘Deal’ To Nullify
Vermont’s GMO Labeling Law

July 30, 2016

Honoring consumers’ right to know is the heart and soul of Vermont’s law. Letting powerful corporate interests get by with doing as little as possible is the motivation behind this so-called ‘deal.’ I remain concerned that this is a very bad deal for consumers.

Vermont’s law is the reason that this issue has come to the fore. The power of Vermont’s example, and the thoroughness of Vermont’s deliberations in writing our state’s law, are the reasons that we were able to kill the completely voluntary scheme on the Senate Floor on March 16, which was far worse than this bill.

The organic label was another born-in-Vermont idea. When I wrote the national organic standards and labeling program, our goal was to set strong standards that consumers could trust. Honoring consumers’ right to know was the foundational principle of that law, too, and it has succeeded in propelling our organic sector into phenomenal growth.

Vermont continues to champion consumers’ rights, including consumers’ right to know, and I am proud of the continuing, courageous and pioneering leadership of the Green Mountain State. I hope that companies will continue to provide consumers with an on-package‎ label even though this law will preempt Vermont's mandatory labeling law.

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