A couple of advocacy groups want to help Vermont defend its GMO labeling law. Scheduled to take effect in July of 2016, the law is the first in the nation to require labeling of food products which may contain genetically modified ingredients.
The Vermont Public Interest Research Group along with the Washington D.C.-based Center for Food Safety have filed to intervene in the case. They say the state lacks the resources and expertise to adequately defend the law in court. They offer counsel from the Vermont Law School Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic as well as fundraising capabilities.
The Grocery Manufacturers Association, Snack Food Association, International Dairy Foods Association and others have filed suit claiming the state does not have the authority over labeling of products in interstate commerce. The suit also charges that the law imposes burdensome requirements and restrictions on free speech.