Landmark GMO labeling bill passes in Vermont – On April 23, Vermont became the first state to pass a “no strings attached” GMO labeling bill. Vermont’s Governor Peter Shumlim has indicated that he will sign the bill into law, which would go into effect on July 1, 2016. This bill is a unique and important step forward in the movement towards federally enforced, mandatory GMO labeling. Unlike laws in Connecticut and Maine which contain “trigger clauses,” Vermont’s law will be implemented regardless of whether or not other states pass similar laws. Congratulations to the many Vermont co-ops, and to our many shoppers, members, and suppliers who reside in Vermont, who dedicated themselves to seeing this landmark bill passed!