Vermont Economy at a Glance

  • FY12 Budget Shortfall: $176 million, or 14%
    • One Family's Share: $1,132
  • Population: 621,760   Unemployment Rate: 6.2%   Poverty Rate: 9.4%
  • Median Household Income: $50,619
  • Potential Public Revenue from tax on natural resource extraction: $1,2 Billion / year
    • One Family's Share: $7,720 yearly
    • Currently collected by corporations tax-free
  • Cumulative Afghan & Iraq War Cost to Vermont:
    • $1,724,493,495 ...Not counting the cost of the illegal war in Libya!
    • One Family's Share: $11,904
Full Documentation on the Cost of War to Vermont families courtesy of CostOfWar.com.
Feb 122012
 
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As an activist for local food, fuel and finance and an end to corporate and big-government control (same thing really), I can say that after some dark times there is progress in Vermont on mandating the labelling of GMOs and leaving it to informed citizens what to eat and not to eat, what to feed our children. We have the right to know. Let the market decide about GMO!

You can also download the GMO-Free Shoppers Guide courtesy of the Vermont4Evolution blog.

Of the 829 new bills in Montpelier that I’ve tracked since the beginning of last year, most are meddlesome, expensive… and some violate our constitutional rights. H-722 on the other hand, is a good one and deserves our support. Please thank Reps Webb of Shelburne, Cheney of Norwich, Lanpher of Vergennes, Lenes of Shelburne, Lorber of Burlington, Masland of Thetford, McCullough of Williston,
Mrowicki of Putney, Ram of Burlington, Sharpe of Bristol and Taylor of Barre City for their work and express support for the bill.

Here’s an article by Anthony Gucciardi on NaturalNews:

The Right to Know. Freedom & Responsibility.

Vermont has taken the initiative against Monsanto and other biotechnology corporations in launching new legislation that would require the labeling of products containing genetically modified ingredients. The bill, known as the ‘VT Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act’, was introduced to the Vermont House of Representatives by Representative Kate Webb of Shelburne on February 1st, 2012. The bill would require the labeling of not only products filled entirely with GMOs, but also for those partially created using GM ingredients.

Perhaps most monumental is the fact that the legislation would prohibit GMO food manufacturers from using promotional labels like “natural,” “naturally made,” “naturally grown,” “all natural,” or any words of similar import. The bill, which can be read for free online, would require strict and clear labeling on GMO-containing food items. The wording states that in the case of a raw agricultural commodity, the label ‘genetically modified’ would be clearly visible. As for processed food products, the words ‘partially produced with genetic engineering’ or ‘may be partially produced with genetic engineering’ would appear prominently on the front or back of the package.

Referred to the House Committee on Agriculture , testimony is to begin on the topic later this month.

The introduction of the legislation highlights the growing grassroots opposition against Monsanto and GMOs alike. In addition, the legislation would end phony ‘all natural’ product claims when in actuality they contain very unnatural genetically modified organisms. Just recently one consumer took legal action against major snack-maker Frito-Lay, claiming that the labeling of GMO-filled snack products as ‘all natural’ is deceptive and misleading.

VPIRG Consumer Protection Advocate Falko Schilling spoke in support of the act saying “This is a consumer right to know issue, just as we require nutritional labels on food so that shoppers can make informed choices, consumers should have the same access to information about whether their food has been genetically engineered.

In the event this bill passes, a political awakening could occur across the nation regarding the true labeling of products filled with genetically modified ingredients.


Read on: In Free Market, No GMO

Feb 122012
 
In Free Market, No GMO

Think. Should farmers & consumers in Vermont have as many rights as those in Europe, Australia and New Zealand? The European Union (EU) countries implemented mandatory labeling requirements for genetically engineered soy and corn. By the end of 1998, nearly all the grocery chains and fast food restaurants in the EU had eliminated genetically engineered [...]

Jun 132011
 
NOFA had no choice but to join Farmers Suit against Monsanto

A coalition of farmers and environmental groups recently filed a lawsuit against the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to challenge the agency’s recent decision to fully deregulate Monsanto’s Roundup Ready alfalfa. The Northeast Organic Farmers Assn. (NOFA), co-opted since 2010, backed the Food Safety Modernization Act and did the bidding of Monsanto and ‘Bernie’ Sanders [...]

Mar 212011
 
Vermont Food Sovereignty, and a Resolution to Protect it

Why should Vermonters care about food sovereignty? Don’t we do what we wanna – trade seeds, plant gardens, drink raw milk, butcher our farm animals and wild-caught game? We all have to eat – but that’s where the federal government is now stepping in. What Vermonters do is not good enough; it’s not part of a system.

Jan 312011
 
Consumers Don’t Want Biotech Food in their Food Pyramid

See the Vermont Coalition for Food Sovereignty for news on what’s being done about this in Vermont! FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 31, 2011 3:02 PM CONTACT: Food & Water Watch Darcey Rakestraw, drakestraw(at)fwwatch(dot)org, 202-683-2467 or Anna Ghosh, aghosh(at)fwwatch(dot)org, 415-265-1568 Consumer group calls out USDA for putting biotech interests before consumer health National consumer organization Food [...]

Jan 122011
 
'Bernie', the next teflon-coated-president

Power. Money. It’s all in the open now: Sanders Cites Arizona Shooting in Campaign Fundraising Letter… in Seven Days, by the inextinguishable Shay Totten: Sen. Bernie Sanders issued a campaign fundraising letter citing the recent shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in the opening line. The ‘Bernie’ Monsanto and armament industry connections… the money trail, are [...]

Jan 012011
 
In Free Market No GMO

Think. Should farmers & consumers in Vermont have as many rights as those in Europe, Australia and New Zealand? The European Union (EU) countries implemented mandatory labeling requirements for genetically engineered soy and corn. By the end of 1998, nearly all the grocery chains and fast food restaurants in the EU had eliminated genetically engineered [...]

Feb 142010
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Ripton, Vermont – February 14, 2010 – Vermont State Senate independent candidate Robert Wagner has exposed the deep links between the offices of Bernie Sanders, Monsanto and the USDA. A Monsanto insider, lobbyist & litigator, Tom Vilsack is the US Secretary of Agriculture and gave the keynote speech at the Northeast Organic [...]