Vermont governor signs GMO labeling bill

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Columbus CEO

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin has signed a new law that puts the state on the path to become the first in the U.S. to require labels on genetically modified foods.

The law takes effect in mid-2016 but the food industry is widely expected to challenge it before then in court. Republicans in Congress also are working on a bill that would forbid states from passing and enforcing laws requiring GMO labeling.

Supporters of the law consider GMO foods environmentally suspect and a possible health threat. But many in the food industry say the technology boosts food production and is less environmentally harmful.

About 300 people and a live band turned out Thursday for the governor's bill signing on the steps of the Statehouse in Montpelier.