|As Historic Vermont Legislation Goes into Effect, Congress May Pull GMO Labels Off of Grocery Shelves|
Common Dreams - 6/30/2016. Statement by Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director, Food & Water Watch - Tomorrow, Vermont’s historic GMO labeling law goes into effect. This is the first law enacted in the U.S. that would provide clear labels identifying food made with genetically engineered ingredients. Indeed, stores across the country are already stocking food with clear on-package labels thanks to the Vermont law, because it’s much easier for a company to provide GMO labels on all of the products in its supply chain than just the ones going to one state. But this victory may be fleeting. The Senate will vote next week on a federal bill that would nullify Vermont’s law, and other state labeling efforts percolating, thanks to the heavy hand the ag-biotech industry wields over our congressional representatives.
|Farmers lobbying for the right to fix own tractors|
Journal Star (Lincoln, Neb.) - 6/30/2016. By Kristin Streff - Mick Minchow’s tractors are marvels of modern machinery. They have air conditioning, guidance systems, satellite radio and more sensors than he can shake a corn cob at, all kept running by computer systems and software. But there's one thing the Waverly farmer doesn't have: the right to fix his John Deere 8235 R if it goes on the fritz.