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Vermont kidnaps and forcibly drugs teen after mother sought help for her anxiety

5/7/2015 - A simple visit to the hospital to help her daughter manage her anxiety has turned into a nightmare for Karen Maple and her child, Elissa. What should have been a trip to discuss possible options for Elissa led to the hospital's decision to whisk the Vermont teenager to a mental ward several hours away...

As public celebrates Vermont GMO labeling, state quietly removes vaccine exemption

5/2/2015 - Once cheered by advocates of genetically modified food labeling as being the first state in the country to require same, Vermont is now being vilified by some of those same Americans for quietly, under the radar, eliminating vaccine choice in the state. As vaccine choice advocates focused like a...

Vermont quits hypocritical, failed War on Drugs; plans to treat heroin addiction epidemic as health issue

9/3/2014 - Vermont is taking a novel approach to its treatment of epidemic heroin addition: State officials are beginning to treat the problem as a health issue rather than continuing to pursue the failed policies of uber-drug-enforcement with little emphasis devoted to rehabilitation -- the policy approach that...

GMO-labeling law in Vermont draws donations to help fight expected legal battle

6/17/2014 - The state of Vermont has received more than $14,000 in donations aimed at helping officials there battle coming legal challenges from the food industry and Big BioAg over a recently passed law requiring the labeling of GMO foods. The new law is not supposed to go into effect until 2016, but if it...

The Great Boycott: Monsanto and the GMA

5/15/2014 4:17:40 PM - Defying repeated threats of a lawsuit from Monsanto and the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), on May 8, Peter Shumlin, Governor of Vermont, signed a historic bill requiring food manufacturers to label genetically engineered (GE) foods, and to drop the practice of labeling GE foods as "natural"...

Vermont says NO to GMO ignorance, oppression and slavery of consumers with new mandatory GMO labeling law

4/25/2014 - Most of you reading this have no idea how desperate the biotech industry has been to block GMO labeling laws: they've committed election money laundering crimes, hired negative P.R. trolls, paid major publishers to place character assassination hit pieces against activists, unleashed threatening phone...

Vermont Senate approves GMO labeling law by huge majority

4/24/2014 - The Vermont Senate has given decisive approval to a measure that would require the labeling of foods that contain genetically modified ingredients, meaning the state could become the first one in the country to enact such a law. "We are saying people have a right to know what's in their food," said...

Monsanto and Big Food Losing the GMO and 'Natural' Food Fight

4/18/2014 - After 20 years of battling Monsanto and corporate agribusiness, food and farm activists in Vermont, backed by a growing Movement across the country, are on the verge of a monumental victory - mandatory labels on genetically engineered foods and a ban on the routine industry practice of labeling GMO-tainted...

Harmful chemicals in consumer products could be banned in Vermont thanks to new bill

4/3/2014 - It's always refreshing to learn about legislation actually designed to protect the public. A recent move by Vermont is attempting to do just that after the state Senate voted 17-11 to require harmful chemicals found in consumer products to be labeled and/or regulated. Last week, state officials gave...

Vermont may become first state with mandatory GMO food labeling laws

3/13/2013 - The state of Vermont is poised to become the first in the nation to mandate the labeling of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), following the recent passage of H.112 by the Vermont House Committee on Agriculture and Forest Products (HCAFP). In an historic eight to three vote, HCAFP voted in favor...

Citizens, OCA pledge to help Vermont and other states raise money to fight Monsanto

4/24/2012 - America is at a crucial tipping point in the fight for food labeling transparency, as the state of Vermont could be the first in the union to require mandatory labeling of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs). But Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin and the Vermont state legislature need some serious prodding...

Is Vermont's Governor Surrendering to Monsanto?

4/21/2012 - Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin has less than two weeks to either stand with the 90 percent of his constituents who support a mandatory labeling bill for genetically engineered foods -- or cave in to Monsanto's threat to sue the state if legislators pass H.722. If the Governor's words this past week...

Monsanto threatens Vermont legislature over GMO labeling bill, says it will sue state

4/20/2012 - Things are heating up on the genetic engineering front in the state of Vermont, where an overwhelming 96 percent of Vermonters vehemently support "right to know" legislation that mandates full disclosure of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) on food labels. But according to Ronnie Cummins from the...

Why legalizing raw milk sales will significantly boost local, rural economies

3/18/2012 - Did you know that the average conventional dairy farmer today earns only about $1.50 for each gallon of milk he sells to the general pasteurized market, while the average raw milk dairy farmer typically fetches between $4 and $8, or more, per gallon on the health-conscious market? A new report published...

Vermont Legislature: Keep the Vaccine Philosophical Exemption

3/8/2012 - March 7, 2012, To: The Vermont Legislature Re: SB 199, An Act Relating to Immunization Exemptions and the Immunization Pilot Program Honorable Vermont Legislators and Concerned Others: SB 199 seeks to eliminate the Great State of Vermont's vaccine philosophical exemption. This goal is problematic...

States begin cracking down on drug companies buying prescription history records

10/1/2011 - Big Pharma uses prescription drug purchase records from pharmacies for marketing. Not to track sales, but to locate doctors who need visits from pharmaceutical sales reps. Vermont passed a law restricting Big Pharma's reach into doctors offices by banning the use of pharmacy prescription records for...

Vermont lawmakers draft amendment to stop corporations from being considered 'people'

4/17/2011 - In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the landmark case of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission that corporations are essentially the same as people, and are thus free under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to participate in "electioneering communications," or political advertising...

Vermont drafts food sovereignty resolution to protect health, food freedom

12/24/2010 - In response to the recent passage of "food safety" bills S. 510 and corresponding H.R. 2751, the Vermont Coalition for Food Sovereignty has drafted its own resolution called "The Vermont Resolution for Food Sovereignty." Crafted to declare and protect the food and health freedom rights of all Vermont...

Vermont defies the FDA and sues to allow the importation of prescription drugs from Canada

8/19/2004 - Vermont now joins five other states who are defying the FDA with a plan to import prescription drugs from Canada to lower the costs of prescription drugs for its state employees and retirees. In fact, Vermont has sued the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and is seeking a court order that will require...

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