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SECOND STATE SENATE VOTES FOR GMO LABELING LAW

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SUMMARY: "A second legislative body wants to require food manufacturers to label products with genetically modified organisms. The Connecticut Senate has voted 35-to-1 in favor of a GMO labeling bill, joining the Vermont House’s 99-to-42 vote on a nearly identical measure earlier this month. The Vermont Senate won’t take up GMO food labeling until at least 2014, and the fate of the bill in Connecticut is now up to House Speaker Brendan Sharkey, who has expressed concerns about the bill putting the small state at an economic disadvantage.

WASHINGTON STATE GMO LABELING INITIATIVE TO GO TO THE VOTERS

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SUMMARY: "Voters will get to decide whether foods with genetically modified ingredients should be labeled in Washington State because lawmakers have taken no action on GMO labeling initiative I-522. State lawmakers could have adopted I-522 (an Initiative to the Legislature under the state constitution) or proposed their own version, but because they took no action by the April 28 deadline, the measure will be added to the November ballot with the language written by its sponsors."

WHY LABELS ON GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOODS WON’T COST CONSUMERS A DIME

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SUMMARY: "The biotech industry, led by Monsanto, will soon descend on the state of Washington to try their best to defeat I-522, a citizens’ ballot initiative to require mandatory labeling of foods that contain genetically engineered ingredients. Voters should prepare themselves for an onslaught of discredited talking points, nonsensical red herrings, and outright lies designed to convince voters that they shouldn’t have the right to know what’s in the food they eat.

VERMONT HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES APPROVES GMO LABELING BILL

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SUMMARY: "H112 does not require meat from animals fed genetically engineered feed to be labeled. However, it does includes some of the controversial clauses in Californian GMO labeling initiative Prop 37, including the stipulation that foods containing genetically engineered ingredients cannot be marketed as ‘natural’. The Vermont House of Representatives has passed H.112 , a bill requiring the labeling of all genetically engineered food sold in Vermont. However, there are plenty of hurdles ahead.

USDA to Tackle 2,4-D-Resistant Engineered Crops Without Needed Regulations

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It is encouraging that USDA will produce an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for crops resistant to 2,4-D or dicamba. These crops, through the herbicides they are designed to use, have potential to cause substantial environmental and human harm, especially due to drift and volatility. Weed scientists have projected dramatically increased use of these herbicides, and herbicides in general, if these crops are approved.

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