Christian Science Monitor: GMO labels: The great American food fight

By Stephanie Hanes, Correspondent June 25, 2016 Full Article Montpelier, Vt. Not far from the golden dome of the State House here, in the offices of a grass-roots farm advocacy group called Rural Vermont, executive director Andrea Stander is planning a party. For more than five years now, Ms. Stander has been working with other state Continue Reading

The Conversation: Why the GM food labeling debate is not over

June 24, 2016 By Jane Kolodinsky Full Article The U.S. Senate this week reached a compromise to require food manufacturers to label foods that contain genetically modified (GM) ingredients, a bill that would preempt state-level laws. The deal comes only one week before Vermont’s law to require GM food labeling will go into effect. If Continue Reading

VT Digger: Sanders, state officials oppose Senate GMO labeling bill

Jun. 24, 2016, 5:04 am by Anne Galloway Full Article Members of the U.S. Senate brokered a compromise Thursday that would make labeling of genetically engineered food mandatory nationwide. But state officials say the legislation is a last-ditch effort to scuttle a Vermont law that will require information about such ingredients on food labels as Continue Reading

VT Digger: New rules for small farms criticized as costly and overbroad

Jun. 23, 2016, 5:44 pm by Mike Polhamus Full Article Some farmers say proposed rules meant to protect Lake Champlain from runoff could jeopardize profits and that the agency has overstepped what legislators intended when they adopted the law requiring those rules. Staffers from the state Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets reviewed the rules Continue Reading

EPA Press Release: EPA Releases Final Phosphorus Limits for Vermont Segments of Lake Champlain

News Release U.S. Environmental Protection Agency New England Regional Office June 17, 2016 Contact: David Deegan, (617) 918-1017 BURLINGTON –The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is establishing the final Phosphorus Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) for the twelve Vermont segments of Lake Champlain. Too much phosphorus pollution is reaching Lake Champlain primarily from the streams and rivers Continue Reading

UVM Extension: UVM Extension Hemp Research Underway

June 6, 2016 Under the leadership of agronomist Heather Darby, the University of Vermont Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Program has begun an industrial hemp research project. The 2014 Farm Bill legalized university research on industrial hemp as a commercial crop. To that end, Darby and her team secured needed permissions, seeds, and funding to Continue Reading

Common Dreams: Industry Influence Clouds New GMO Report

6/1/16 by Tim Schwab New National Research Council study trumpets the safety of GMOs, but how much confidence can we have in these findings given the many conflicts of interest involved? Full Article Last month, Food & Water Watch correctly predicted that the National Research Council’s (NRC) far-reaching ties to the biotechnology industry would greatly Continue Reading