Monsanto takes legal action to stop GM food labelling
Monsanto has announced they are suing the U.S. state of Vermont to block a law requiring the labelling of GMO foods.
If they succeed it could set a precedent that stops labelling in dozens of other states and countries.
Vermont is refusing to back down and have even created a legal defense fund so people around the world can make donations to help them beat back Monsanto’s lawsuit.
Vermont is a small, entirely rural state with just 600,000 people.
Campaigners say there’s much more at stake than just whether GMO foods will be labelled in a single U.S. state. Vermont is actually the very first state in the U.S. to require labelling, and dozens of other states have said they will require labelling as well -- but only if Vermont’s law can survive this legal challenge.
Monsanto has filed suit through the Grocery Manufacturer's Association, a trade group of which Monsanto is a core member.
Campaigners The Sum Of Us say "Monsanto’s legal bullying is part of a growing trend of multi-national corporations suing sovereign governments to overturn regulations they don’t like. Since the biggest corporations are larger than many countries around the world, it’s critical that citizens of the world band together to fight back."
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