By Bob Kinzel 4/15/14 Full Article and Audio Vermont is poised to become the first state in the country to require the labeling of food products made with genetically modified organisms. After nearly two hours of debate, a strong bipartisan coalition of senators gave their preliminary approval to the bill by a vote of 26 Continue Reading
Dear Members & Friends: This will be a brief and URGENT message. Please read on and TAKE ACTION. As we head into the final few weeks of the legislative session, many issues are facing the tyranny of the calendar and the clock. This is when hearing from their constituents can really make a difference in Continue Reading
Why some farmers are avoiding GM feed crops Featuring Rural Vermont Executive Director Andrea Stander April 2014 By Tracy Frisch Read the PDF here.
Got raw milk? By TARINI PARTI | 3/29/14 3:12 PM EDT Full Article Although not a campaign slogan just yet, a bipartisan coalition of House members is pushing for the overturn of a decades-old ban on the interstate sale of raw milk. A controversial topic within the food industry, it has slowly evolved into a Continue Reading
By Kathryn Flagg 4/9/14 Full article Last year, activists pushing for the legal cultivation of hemp scored a big victory in Vermont: In June, Gov. Peter Shumlin signed into law a bill that legalizes the cultivation of cannabis sativa, a relative of marijuana that proponents say could be a lucrative value-added crop for Vermont farmers. Continue Reading
In this Update:
Message from the Director, Andrea Stander
Other News from Under the Golden Dome
Hemp Happening Success
By Hilary Niles 4/3/14 Full Article Vermont lawmakers are poised to “boldly go where no other state has gone before,” Sen. Joe Benning, R-Caledonia, said Thursday before casting his vote for an unprecedented food-labeling law. The Senate Judiciary Committee gave H.112 unanimous approval Thursday. The bill would require the labeling of food made with genetically Continue Reading
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The House Agriculture and Forest Products Committee began taking testimony on Rural Vermont’s proposed improvements to the Raw Milk Law on Wednesday 4/2/14. This Thursday, 4/10, the Committee will hear more testimony. Rural Vermont is organizing producers, customers, health professionals and scientists to testify in support of our recommendations – you can see them Continue Reading
04/10: The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 5-0 to move H.112 forward. The bill would put labels on GMO foods starting July 1st, 2016. The bill will be moving on to the Appropriations Committee next week and then hopefully to the Senate Floor. The Appropriations Committee will look at how to create a fund for individuals Continue Reading