Lawmakers Expect Legal Challenge If GMO Label Bill Passes
Under a bill gaining support in the Statehouse, Vermont could be the first state in the nation to require labels on products made with genetically modified crops.
Lawmakers are trying to craft the measure so it can withstand an expected court challenge.
Windham Rep. Carolyn Partridge chairs the House Agriculture Committee. If the bill passes, she expects it to be challenged in court by biotech companies or trade associations. But Partridge says lawmakers have worked to hone the legislation to withstand the inevitable legal battle.
To show a compelling state interest, lawmakers make the case that the federal government is not doing an adequate job of fully informing the consumer.