Healthy Living Supports Vermont’s GMO Labeling Bill
“Close to 30 years ago, when I started Healthy Living, words like ‘local’, ‘organic’, and ‘sustainable’ were not in our lexicon… but over the decades these words and concepts have become a huge part of our culinary, agricultural and environmental culture. When GMO’s first entered the conversation, I had an epiphany. For years, driving from my rural home past farms, I always noticed little signs in farmers’ fields at the end of every row of corn. I always wondered what they were all about. I realized this was the beginning of GMO experimentation… and right in our own back yard! What was going on here?
Knowledge and understanding of GMOs is in its infancy. Whether they’re good for us, dangerous to our environment, harmful to the day-to-day operation of farmers… we are truly just starting to get to the bottom of all this, and that is why I’ve been reluctant to join one side or another. When I hear other retailers making claims that they only sell non-GMO foods or only use non-GMO ingredients in their foods, it further enforces my refusal to make such claims. Because at this point in time, we simply don’t know. I just can’t get behind making claims like that!
But what made me come around was this simple statement – ‘people deserve to know what is in their food’. It reminded me of why I started Healthy Living in the first place; so that people could buy simple, real, understandable food for their families. Vermont H.112, which is Mandatory GMO Labelling simply ensures that food sold in stores all over Vermont will include a simple message stating ‘this product may include ingredients containing GMO’s.’ I can get behind that!” – Katy Lesser, Owner
On Wednesday Feb 26th at the Vermont State House, a press conference was held to discuss a proposed bill that would require companies to clearly mark foods that have ingredients that may be genetically modified. We are proud join other local businesses to officially support the passing of this bill in Vermont. Healthy Living Co-Owner, Eli Lesser-Goldsmith had the honor of speaking during the conference in support of labeling GMO foods. Other supporters of the bill that spoke in favor of GMO labeling were Ben & Jerry’s, Liz Lovely, Black River Produce, Two Guys in Vermont, New Chapter, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility and VPIRG.