Colorado GMO Labeling Initiative Makes the Ballot!

Our allies at Right to Know Colorado asks residents to Vote YES On #105! Read the press release for more details.

Join Us! “Open Barn” Day at the Farm of Milk & Honey

Come meet Bella and Pappy!

Come meet Bella and Pappy!

Rural Vermont will continue its series of Open Barn events by collaborating with the Farm of Milk & Honey in Washington. Everyone is welcome to join us Sunday, September 7th from 1-4 pm.

We’ll be celebrating the new law enabling raw milk delivery to farmers’ markets, and the opportunity, access, and convenience this change represents! Folks can also take a tour of the barnyard and beeyard, get to know some other local producers in a mini farmers’ market, enjoy live music by John Holland, and indulge everyone’s inner kid with MILK & COOKIES. There will also be a free raffle to win goodies donated by the Farm of Milk & Honey! More details about the event here, or read the Press Release.

Did you see the story about raw milk that Seven Days published this week? The  Farm of Milk & Honey is featured.

Vermont Defends GMO Labeling

Photo by Roger Crowley

Photo by Roger Crowley

Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell defended Vermont’s new labeling law with a 51-page federal court filing on Friday 8/8. He asked the court to throw out a lawsuit seeking to overturn the law filed by the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the National Association of Manufacturers, International Dairy Foods Association and the Snack Foods Association. Read the Free Press article here.

Defending VT’s GMO Labeling Law

On July 21, 2014 The Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG) and the Center for Food Safety (CFS), jointly represented by counsel from the Vermont Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic at Vermont Law School and CFS, formally moved to defend Vermont’s genetically engineered food labeling law, Act 120.

The groups filed legal papers to intervene on behalf of the State of Vermont in order to assist in defending Act 120 from a legal challenge brought by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and other food industry trade associations. GMA, which represents the country’s largest food manufacturers, sued Vermont just over a month after the law was signed.

The lawsuit filed by the GMO et. al. seeks to have Vermont’s first in the nation, no strings attached, labeling law struck down.

Rural Vermont, which, with VPIRG, NOFGA-VT and Cedar Circle Farm, led the VT Right to Know GMOs Coalition will likely file an amicus or “friend of the court” brief if VPIRG and CFS are successful in obtaining intervenor status.

Read the press release here. Read a recent article from the Times Argus here.