Vermont lawmakers have passed the country’s first state bill to require the labeling of genetically modified foods as such, setting up a war between powerful lobbyists for the behemoth U.S. food industry and an American public that overwhelmingly says it approves of the idea.
The Vermont House approved the measure Wednesday evening, about a week after the state Senate, and Gov. Peter Shumlin said he plans to sign it. The requirements would take effect July 1, 2016, giving food producers time to comply.
Shumlin praised the vote and said he looked forward to signing the bill.
"I am proud of Vermont for being the first state in the nation to ensure that Vermonters will know what is in their food," he said in a statement.