Update May 2015: With the help of a generous donation from SumOfUs members, Vermont is fighting back! A judge just rejected a request to block the law from going into effect while the lawsuit goes forward. This is great news -- but also means that the lawsuit will likely go to trial. We need to keep up the pressure to tell Monsanto and its allies to drop the lawsuit! Sign now.
Monsanto is about to sue the state of Vermont.
Vermont is set to make history by becoming the first state in the country to require genetically modified (GMO) food to be labeled. But Monsanto, the world’s largest GMO producer, is gearing up to sue the state.
This is an important fight, not just for Vermont, but for everyone in the country: 25 other states are considering similar labeling laws, but are waiting for someone else to take the leap for their own laws to go into effect. If Vermont wins, it might not be long until the entire country mandates GMO labeling, giving consumers the information to make their own choices.
We can’t let Vermont lose this battle. Let’s stop Monsanto before it can even get started:
Tell Monsanto: Don't sue Vermont for its decision to label GMO foods.
Monsanto is making outlandish claims in protest, including one that a labeling requirement would be a violation to the company’s freedom of speech. It's ready to put its corporate muscles to work to thump the state's decision, just as it has before: It recently successfully conspired with DuPoint and Kraft Foods to grossly outspend and defeat supporters of similar laws in California and Washington.
There's lots of discussion about what the long-term effects of GMOs might be, but one thing should be above debate: Consumers should have the right to know what they're eating and what they're feeding their kids.
Monsanto: We won’t let you sue Vermont.