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Following a packed public hearing in the House Chamber the night before, the members of the Senate Agriculture Committee met Friday 2/7 to review proposed changes to H.112, the GMO Labeling Bill. They then passed the bill by a vote of 4-1 with no trigger clause to impact the effective date of the bill. The Continue Reading
Illegal in many states, unpasteurized dairy is sold out of vending machines in Slovenia. February 06, 2014 By Rebecca McCray Full Article Marko Bitenc gets more text messages than the average dairy farmer. Throughout the day, an app on his phone texts him updates on the quality of the raw milk in a vending machine Continue Reading
By Dan Flynn February 7, 2014 Full Article Consumer demand for raw milk may not be as large as many have thought, according to a first-of-its-kind state profile of raw milk sales. The just-released “Rural Vermont’s 2013-2014 Raw Milk Report to the Legislature” says that state dairies selling unpasteurized milk had 1,940 “unique customers.” That Continue Reading
Feb 07, 2014 By Ali Freeman Full Article and Video MONTPELIER, Vt. -Would you know if you were eating genetically modified food? Many Vermonters say they want laws passed to require companies to disclose when they use technology to alter their products. Potatoes, potato chips, milk, fruits, veggies and more GMO’s can be found everywhere. Continue Reading
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Common Dreams: The Trigger Trap: Will Vermont Lawmakers Let Industry Strangle Another GMO Labeling Law?
February 5, 2014 by Will Allen and Kate Duesterberg Full Op-Ed From spending millions to defeat ballot initiatives, to floating a voluntary federal labeling “solution,” to threatening to sue any state, including Vermont, if it passes a GMO labeling law, the biotech and junk food industries are determined to keep labels off of foods that Continue Reading
by Kathryn Flagg February 05, 2014 Full Article As some farmers push for more freedom to sell raw milk, an advocacy group reports that nearly 2,000 customers bought more than 53,000 gallons of the unpasteurized product in a recent 12-month period. For those of you interested in following the raw milk debate, head over to Continue Reading
Steph Machado 2/4/14 Full Article & Video NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Drinking raw milk straight from local dairy farmers is gaining popularity in Vermont. But farmers face tight limits on the product. At the Green Mountain Girls Farm Stand in Northfield, you can find all sorts of straight-off-the-farm goods, including raw goat milk. “We can only Continue Reading
Alternet: How the Federal Government Manufactured 21 Actual Raw Milk Illnesses into a Much Scarier 20,000
Was information manipulated? 1/7/14 By David Gumpert Full Article The U.S. Centers for Disease Control estimates that one in six Americans, or some 48 million people, get sick each year from food-borne illness. The agency arrives at this huge number, despite the fact that only about 15,000 actual illnesses are reported to the CDC by Continue Reading