gmoVERMONT- The Attorney General’s Office of Vermont has adopted regulations that would require the labeling of genetically modified food. Vermont is the first state to implement this law. 

After months of back and forth talks between retailers, consumers, and legislatures, the regulations put in place would require manufacturers to put labels on packaging that can be “easily found”.

Retailers are also required to label unpackaged products, also know as genetically engineered raw agricultural products, such as sweet corn and potato salad. About 80% of processed food sold in the United States is a product of modern genetic engineering, and include ingredients such as soy, corn, canola oil, and cottonseed oil; All of which are found in processed foods. 

Andrea Otto, of the St. Johnsbury Food Coop thinks it's a great thing, "I think people have a right to know what's going into their food and I think it's really helpful when people are making decisions in the store. If they want to buy something that you know has possibly been genetically modified opposed to something that hasnt been, I think that does affect someone's buying decisions."

The Attorney General determined, Internet food sales are exempt from the labeling requirement under Act 120.

The new law will take affect July 1, 2016, allowing food manufacturers and retailers plenty of time to adjust and make changes.