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GMO Label Movement Faces Hurdles in Vermont

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MONTPELIER - Jeff Weinstein runs a small Montpelier company called Two Guys in Vermont that makes soups that are sold in area stores.

Weinstein said he uses as many local, wholesome ingredients as he can find. He packages the soup in glass jars to steer clear of the chemicals in cans. He would love it if his soups could stand out on the supermarket shelf as not containing genetically engineered foods.

"For people who buy my soup, GE-free is important," Weinstein said.

Weinstein recently urged the House Agriculture Committee to pass a bill requiring foods that contain genetically engineered ingredients to be labeled as such. That means some of Weinstein's competitors' soup might come bearing a prominent label that reads: "This product may be partially produced with genetic engineering."

Legislators have heard a drumbeat of support for labeling. Some 300 people turned out for an April 12 public hearing at the Statehouse. More that 100 addressed the House Agriculture Committee, all speaking in favor of labeling genetically engineered foods. 

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