Nearly 20 states are considering a labeling requirement for genetically engineered foods, something an estimated 90 percent of American people want but aren't getting from their federal government. (Quite the opposite: Rather than listen to public calls to require labeling of GMO foods, the FDA is silencing them.)
And now, it turns out, state government officials may even be dragging their feet on legislation they previously supported—because Monsanto is threatening to sue.
That's what is happening in Vermont, at least, according to a story in AlterNet.
AlterNet has more:
The popular legislative bill requiring mandatory labels on genetically engineered food (H-722) is languishing in the Vermont House Agriculture Committee, with only four weeks left until the legislature adjourns for the year. Despite thousands of emails and calls from constituents who overwhelmingly support mandatory labeling, despite the fact that a majority (6 to 5) of Agriculture Committee members support passage of the measure, Vermont legislators are holding up the labeling bill and refusing to take a vote.
The authors explain that the legislators changed their minds only after a Monsanto representative threatened a public official that the chemical and biotech giant would sue Vermont if they dared to pass the labeling bill.
Lawsuits aren't a new tactic for Monsanto, but using it in a situation like this is a new low, even for Monsanto. Visit vtrighttoknow.org to follow news about the VT Right to Know Genetically Modified Food Act.