I'm not from VT, but I am 1000% cheering you on, hoping you can stand up against Monsanto's law-suit threat and succeed in labeling of GMO frankenfoods.
I am a small rancher in North Central Washington, so I have a vested interest in preserving our farm land. I know that GMO residues in soil can sterilize the soil. GMO frankenfoods cause massive health issues for animals we eat. In as short a time as several months, farmers are seeing animals becoming sick, sterile or dead.
Nice 'guinea pigs', those cows and pigs and chickens... and... our own children.
Please stand firm in your resolve to label GMO frankenfoods. . Our lives and livelihoods depend on the brave warriors such as yourself.
With considerable thanks and appreciation,
Owner-Operator of The 3-Bell Ranch, LLC
The response from the Governor's office says it all: The United States Government kowtows to Monsanto:
Thank you for contacting me about labeling genetically modified foods.
As you know, we're in the middle of an agricultural renaissance in Vermont because more and more Vermonters care about where their food comes from, what's in it, and who grew it. Many Vermont consumers are making concerted efforts to support businesses that are sustainable and socially responsible, and many Vermont businesses are taking the initiative to market their products in ways that allow their customers to make informed decisions. I think Vermont is moving in the right direction.
I agree with those who advocate for clear labeling of genetically modified foods. GMO labeling makes sense and would give Vermonters key information about their food choices. However, we know from attempts to pass similar legislation in the past, that such a requirement would not stand up to federal legal scrutiny. I don't think it is fair to ask Vermonters to bear the burden of the cost of those legal challenges.
I encourage all Vermonters to continue to support local growers and food producers who are upfront about the origin of their products. I thank you for your advocacy and encourage you to continue it at the local, state, and federal level. I'm confident Vermont can continue to lead the way when it comes to local, sustainable foods. Please don't hesitate to contact my office if I can be of further assistance.
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