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GMO Labeling in Food Products now a Law in State of Vermont
The new law mandates food industry to label the products that contains GMOs. The effort have been spearheaded from the grass-roots level and got the support from actors, food writers and celebrity chefs.
The report said Vermont’s effort encourages other states to follow suit. Connecticut and Maine have also sponsored legislations that will require GMO labeling if other states will do so.
Lawmakers backing the GMO labeling said the move is not intended to get rid of GMOs in the food industry but rather inform consumers of what they are eating or purchasing.
“Consumers want to know what is in their food, “Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin was quoted saying. He added, “Elected officials will have to meet the demands of consumers or be rejected at the ballot box, there is no doubt in my mind this will spread across the country.”
Expecting giant food companies to seek legal remedy to stop Vermont’s new law, a website was created called http://www.foodfightfundvt.org/ soliciting funds to put together a defense against the onslaught of lawsuits.
Food Fight Fund Vermont is accepting donations to help fund the fight against the food industry. It stated that there are already at least 60 countries that have put in place statute restricting or producing food with GMOs.
On the national level, several members of the U.S. Congress are sponsoring legislation that would bring the GMO labeling to nationwide implementation. Among the lawmakers supporting the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act are Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif ) and Rep. Peter A. DeFazio (D-Ore). However, there are also lawmakers opposing the move, sponsoring legislation taking away rights for states to require GMO labeling.
According to Web MD, at least 60 percent of the processed food in the U.S. contains GMO ingredients. The most common GM foods are soybeans, corn, cotton and rapeseed oil. Food products containing these ingredients are most likely GMOs.
Web MD also stated that according to the U.S. government, GMOs are safe. It also defined GMOs as crops that have been genetically engineered to make it resistance to herbicides or pesticides. It also means that its nutritional value has been improved.
An article published in Forbes citied a review on GM crops and showed that there has not been known hazards directly connected to GMOs. The article said that scientific research have not proven that GMOs poses risks to animals and humans.
Those who are against GMO’s argued that is it the biggest experiment being done to humans and according to the Alliance of Natural Health, there are several serious risks associated with GM crops. The serious effects, it said, may range from reduced organ weight, reduced growth, fertility, allergic reactions, cancer and premature death.
Food manufacturers are opposing the new Vermont law, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) last month, issued a statement saying that it is “critically flawed and not in the best interests of consumers.”
“It sets the nation on a costly misguided path toward a 50-state patchwork of GMO labeling policies that will do nothing to advance the safety of consumers.” The press statement added,“GM crops are safe and have important benefits for people and our planet.”
It said that there are already laws in place that designate food products as certified organic thus the government has no reason to mandate GM labeling.
It added that the group is already helping out its members to ensure that the products they produce are safe and has undergone scientific research and evaluation to inform the consumers of the need for a healthy diet and active lifestyle.
The GMA said that in the U.S. sales from food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry generates about $2.1 trillion annually.
One company that ensures that their products are safe and help consumers achieve a healthy diet is Soupman Inc., maker of The Original Soupman (OTC: SOUP)
Soupman Inc. is the manufacturer of heat and serve The Original Soupman line of soups
The company is focused on providing the nation of healthy cooking and eating, catering to the new Millenial shoppers.
Child nutrition is another focus of the company, serving healthy and unique soups in several schools in New York. Soupman produces gluten-free and vegetarian options of its soups. They are low in sodium, calorie,but great tasting and in the market are Skinny Soups containing just 150 calories per eight ounce of serving.
Available flavors are Chicken Gumbo, Jambalaya, Crab and Corn Chowder, Tomato, the Classic Chicken Noodle Soup. Lobster Bisque, Lentil and Tomato Bisque.
Soupman products are available in several grocery stores, Sold in Tetra packs, are on soup aisles at Wal-Mart, Stop & Shop, Giant Food Stores, Martin’s Food Market, Safeway and more.
It is also sold in Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut and Original Soupman Delicatessen & Restaurant at the Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City. Soupman has also introduced healthier version food items of Mexicali Beans, Stewed Pinto Beans and Curried Chick Peas with Tomatillos.