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Environment, Agriculture & Land Use

A healthy environment is essential to a strong economy. VBSR supports:

  • enforcement of existing environmental laws to protect our natural environment,
  • wise land use decisions in order to ensure smart growth and to maintain open space, and
  • development built on a human scale that encourages less-polluting forms of transportation.

Current Action

VBSR continues to promote policy that enhances our economy and our environment. We believe that there are alternatives to the “either/or” perspective about environmental and land use permitting and the development of business, affordable housing, telecommuniciation systems, or development of renewable power sources. We work to make sure that environmental safeguards are not ignored as systems and infrastructure are developed. 

Recently we have been exploring opportunities for permitting systems improvements; to increase timeliness and efficiency without compromising environmental standards. We also have compiled the results of a VBSR March 2009 Quick Poll regarding permitting systems which will guide our future policy positions.

VBSR's Board of Directors approved a policy in the fall of 2012 calling on all food containing GMO/GE ingredients sold in Vermont to be labeled as such. We will support legislative efforts on the state level to enact this legislation, giving consumers the information they need to make informed choices in the marketplace.

For More Information

VBSR Letter to House, Re: H.112, Labeling of GMO food

VBSR GMO Labeling Policy- 2012


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Environment, Agriculture & Land Use Position Papers

VBSR Testimony to Senate Economic Development and Senate Natural Resources on Act 250 9(L)

January 21, 2015

VBSR Letter to House, Re: H.112, Labeling of GMO food

May 8, 2013

VBSR Testimony to House Ag Committee: Labeling of GMO Food

February 13, 2013

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) Policy

Testimony on H. 332-An act relating to an environmental commission for Vermont in the 21st century

April 6, 2011

Testimony to Senate Natural Resources and Energy- Environmental Permitting

Friday April 3, 2009

VBSR End of Session Energy and Environmental Priorities

April 15, 2008

Genetically Modified Organisms: A Threat to the “Vermont Brand” (2004)

Water Pollution - An Issue for Businesses (2002)

Business Locations & The Environment (2001)

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