Yesterday, the Vermont House of Representatives passed legislation that would require labeling for food that contains genetically modified ingredients (GMOs). It’s not a done deal yet, though. The Vermont Senate needs to also pass their version of the bill, and they won’t be taking the issue up until early 2014.

According to SFGate, the bill, which passed by an overwhelming 107-37, does not call for labeling animal products, including meat and dairy products.

Last month, a bipartisan Right-to-Know bill was introduced in Washington that would require the FDA to clearly label food made with GMOs so the public could make informed decisions about the food they eat. That could take years to come to a vote, if it ever gets to one. Vermont has a much better chance of leading the nation on this issue. 

If you live in Vermont, and you want your state to become the first in the nation to require GMO labeling, start contacting your Vermont state senators now. Let them know that you want them to vote for GMO labeling. Start educating your friends and neighbors about GMOs and ask them to contact their state senators, too. It’s important that your representatives know how you want them to vote on this issue. They need to hear very loud voices on this issue.

If you don’t live in Vermont, but you have friends or relatives who do, please tell them they have the opportunity to help influence this vote. 

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Vermont is halfway there on GMO labeling
The Vermont House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted to require labeling of genetically engineered foods.