May 8, 2013
VBSR Supports the Labeling of GMO Food
Re: H.112, An Act Relating to the Labeling of Food Produced with Genetic Engineering.
Dear House member:
The use of the word "Vermont" on a label has come to indicate product quality and purity. Meanwhile, the introduction of genetically engineering has changed how food is grown in the United States and the attitudes consumers have about the food they eat.
VBSR believes the use of GMO/GE ingredients in Vermont products threatens to undercut the vitality and reputation of the Vermont brand.
People who are purchasing food for their families deserve to know what they are eating and how it was grown in order to make informed decisions about their health. Vermont food producers need to make informed choices about the way they want to grow and market their products—whether organic or simply without genetic modifications engineered in a laboratory.
VBSR Membership Survey (2012): Do you support Vermont’s effort to label food made with genetic engineering? Yes: 80%
The market for these products is growing and association with this trend will make GMO-free Vermont products more attractive to consumers. Sales of Non-GMO Project verified products grew to $1.2 billion in 2011, a 219% increase.
VBSR believes that requiring the labeling of GMO/GE food will change the purchasing habits of consumers and lead to more people seeking out products that are not genetically engineered. Vermont can take a leadership role in this important consumer rights issue and strengthen the state’s brand by requiring all genetically engineered food sold here to be appropriately labeled.
We ask that you support H.112. Thank you for your time and service.