blog post by Hannah Solomon, History (firstname.lastname@example.org) for PLNTPTH 4597
I came across this article last week and it grabbed my attention, not only because of our recent study of GMOs in [PLNTPTH 4597] class, but also because Vermont will be my home for the next three years as I attend Vermont Law School.
A bill was recently approved by the Vermont Senate 28-2 requiring that all genetically modified foods be labeled in retail outlets. If the House of Representatives approves the changes made by the Senate, the bill will go into effect on July 1, 2016. Writers of the bill, anticipating fierce resistance, have set aside money for future lawsuits.
Is forced GMO labeling a good idea? Who knows for sure. Arguments can be made in favor of both sides. Consumers have the right to know what they’re eating and the right to avoid foods that they believe to be unsafe. On the other hand, there is no evidence to support the belief that GMOs are not safe. GMO labeling will be a costly burden. Those who have not been educated about GMOs will avoid them because of negative media portrayal.
I’m assuming the authors of the bill took all of these arguments into account when proposing the action, and despite resistance from those who oppose GMO labeling, Vermont is well on its way to becoming the first state to pass a GMO labeling law. I’m glad I’ll be there to watch these events unfold first-hand!
This blog post was an assignment for Societal Issues: Pesticides, Alternatives and the Environment (PLNTPTH 4597). The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the class, Department of Plant Pathology or the instructor.