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VT Digger: State senate passes GMO labeling bill, 26-2

John Herrick Apr. 15 2014 Full Article The Vermont Senate on Tuesday voted 26-2 to give preliminary approval to a GMO labeling bill. If the bill is enacted, the state would be the first in the nation to require manufacturers to label products containing genetically engineered ingredients. The scientific community is not in agreement on Continue Reading

VPR: Vermont On Course To Be First To Require GMO Labels

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

04/13 Alert! Your Voice is Needed Now!

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

Acres USA: Escaping Biotech’s Grip

Why some farmers are avoiding GM feed crops Featuring Rural Vermont Executive Director Andrea Stander April 2014 By Tracy Frisch Read the PDF here.

Politico: Raw politics drive milk wars

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

Seven Days: Farmers need seeds to cultivate hemp crop

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

04/04 Alert: Things are Adding Up

In this Update:
Message from the Director, Andrea Stander
Milking Time
Other News from Under the Golden Dome
Hemp Happening Success

Raw Milk Advocates are Being Heard

  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