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Thursday 05/08/14

GMA Vows Litigation Over Vermont Labeling Law
The Grocery Manufacturers Association said it would file a lawsuit to overturn Vermont's new biotech labeling law signed Thursday by Gov. Pete Shumlin.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 8:40PM CDT 05/08/14 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (12)
hey Monsanto, why aren't you real proud of your product??? You own it enough to take DNA tests when you sue farmers for using their own seed so why don't you label your final product with the same proprietary love???? If its so great lane it WITH PRIDE!!!!!
Posted by Jay Mcginnis at 7:57AM CDT 05/10/14
Let the food elitist label their non GMO and organic and free range or whatever else they should happen to dream up to prove they are superior and greater and holier than the majority of the rest of us. There is no need to make food more expensive and have a label that reads like War and Peace just label the Non GMO products it will only add to the Non GMO products which should not bother the true believers .
Posted by GORDON KEYES at 12:28PM CDT 05/11/14
Jay, what grocery store shelf products does Monsanto sell that it can label?
Posted by Curt Zingula at 6:53AM CDT 05/12/14
Does Vermont produce more food for human energy than they consume? If not, this law would rectify itself on the effective date. Wild mountain mushrooms make good frosting but does not make the burger. If GMA members cannot meet the demands, don't ship your product there.
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 8:07AM CDT 05/12/14
Folks might recall that some in the industry tried to prevent antibiotic-free milk from being labeled as such. Whether it is worth the extra cost, or not, face it, some people want food that is produced with alternative methods. Yes, unfortunately there are some people that want to use labeling as a way to discredit modern agriculture. But it seems to me that mainstream food/crop production must a develop a cohesive strategy that embraces labeling in some way. Clearly GMO, antibiotics, etc. have had some positive benefits for society. The industry appears either intellectually lazy, or like it has something to hide, by resisting labeling at every turn, IMO.
Posted by chris jones at 9:41AM CDT 05/12/14
Monsanto makes it clear they "own" their product after the farmer produces the crop in the fact that they can sue if you use the prodigy. So why do they wish to hide from it on the grocery shelf? Just label it if you own it, even if it's "GMO WITH PRIDE" if you're saving the world then promote it! It shouldn't be difficult, everything is now GMO! Just label it all that!
Posted by Jay Mcginnis at 10:10AM CDT 05/12/14
If the general public would get out of the stadiums and RVs and into the garden, this would be a moot point. example; Is it not the apple that shines and has no blemishes which sells the best? Then we blame the evil chemical companies.
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 10:56AM CDT 05/12/14
Why make everyone pay the extra price for labeling when all you have to do is label the NON GMO products , it will cost less and the whole American public will not have to bear the cost of the Food Nazis special needs to keep a small number whiners happy it will be a small price to pay for your special needs.
Posted by GORDON KEYES at 11:46AM CDT 05/12/14
Food Nazis's Gordon??? What about the "seed Nazis's? Why aren't you opposed to the federalize protecting patents on living organisms, having to send PI's out to check on farmers genetic make up of fields compared to their seed buying records? That isn't infringement on personal right's by the fed? I thought you tea people didn't like the federal government and here they are allowed on private property to make sure you aren't violating intellectual property (OMG the word intellectual!!!!). Such regulating surely adds to the price of seeds and you can't pass that cost on! So how much would the ink for writing GMO Products on a label cost compared to the extra costs of defending intellectual property cost? Now if you say Monsanto is right then you must recognize the Federal government's role is right,,,,, how are you explaining that to your folk hero Bundhi dude?
Posted by Jay Mcginnis at 3:41PM CDT 05/12/14
Jay boy you are really grasping at straws now. It doesn't take long to get some people off on a tangent. Look up the word patent it might help to straighten out your dilemma.
Posted by GORDON KEYES at 9:14PM CDT 05/12/14
I wonder if the whacky tobacky in Colorado glows in the dark from gmos or is the natural stuff the Natives smoked?
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 5:02AM CDT 05/13/14
Jay Doesn't that mean if I have a home theater system and I go out and buy a DVD, that is one of those little round things that has moving pictures on it, and then charge the neighbors a buck a piece to come in and watch it that that is OK? And really, just send me you town and state just once so I can look up and see how honest you are.
Posted by CRAIG MOORE at 8:38AM CDT 05/13/14
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