The new Vermont GMO labeling law needs your help
by Jason Schwartz
May 13, 2014
© Fred Dott / Greenpeace
While other states have passed GMO labeling laws, those laws all contained trigger clauses, meaning those laws would not go into effect until several other states laws had already gone into effect. Why the trigger? Fear of lawsuits. Monsanto and other genetic modifying corporations have threatened to sue any state that passes laws like Vermonts. Our legislators knew this going in.Big, multinational corporations like Monsanto have more money than small states like Vermont to pour into litigation. One Vermont lawmaker told Mark she estimates even a victorious defense of the new law could cost about $10 million. If Vermont loses, it would have to foot Monsantos legal bill too. [caption id="attachment_26490" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Ah Vermont. Photo courtesy of Devin Thurber.[/caption] So Vermont is turning to grassroots support for its defense. The state is reaching out to the public to raise a legal fund in anticipation of Monsantos attack. This is a prime chance for Greenpeace and our supporters to stand up and rally behind a pioneering state and a pioneering law. And to tell Monsanto and its buddies to take a hike.