And in Vermont, the nation’s first mandatory GMO labeling law goes into effect today. Coca-Cola has announced it will likely stop selling some of its products in the state. Multiple companies had sought unsuccessfully to block the law. Farmer and Vermont State Senator David Zuckerman spoke out.
Sen. David Zuckerman: “I’m here today to celebrate our GMO labeling law, which is going into effect, where consumers are going to have the right to know what’s in their product—straightforward, clear labeling on the packaging: 'This product contains GMOs or may contain GMOs.' I’m standing in front of a field of non-GMO corn here on my farm. But 90 to 95 percent, if not close to 100 percent, of the corn in Vermont is genetically engineered for cattle production. But also, across the country, huge amounts of corn, cotton, soybeans, beets, for sugar, are all grown with genetically engineered ingredients.”