Coca-Cola Might Be Pulling Their Products Out Of Vermont

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By Cooking Panda

As the state of Vermont rolls out its new GMO-labeling law, Coca-Cola and other major food corporations will temporarily pull their products from the shelves.

Vermont is the first U.S. state to require food companies to label GMOs on their products, according to Reuters.

“Products containing GMO ingredients will have the required language printed on the label or, in some cases, on stickers,” explained Coca-Cola spokesman Ben Sheidler.

While most of the brand’s popular beverages, such as Coca-Cola, Diet Coke and Coke Zero, will continue to be widely available in Vermont stores, less popular products will not be sent to the state for the time being.

“To avoid multiple labeling changes, some lower-volume brands and packages we offer within our broad portfolio could be temporarily unavailable in Vermont,” Sheidler said.

Although consumers have been demanding a higher level of transparency about the contents of food items for a while, the U.S. food industry has been fighting mandatory GMO labeling initiatives on both the state and federal levels.

Furthermore, over 100 Nobel laureates signed a letter to Greenpeace to urge the environmental group to halt its opposition to GMOs, as reported by The Washington Post. As the anti-GMO campaign has no scientific basis and may harm impoverished communities in the developing world, these scientists believe that “opposition based on emotion and dogma contradicted by data must be stopped.”

“We urge Greenpeace and its supporters to re-examine the experience of farmers and consumers worldwide with crops and foods improved through biotechnology, recognize the findings of authoritative scientific bodies and regulatory agencies, and abandon their campaign against ‘GMOs’ in general and Golden Rice in particular,” the letter stated on the website Support Precision Agriculture.

Although Greenpeace is not the only organization against the use of GMOs, the Nobel laureates oppose the role the organization has reportedly played to block Golden Rice, “which has the potential to reduce or eliminate much of the death and disease caused by a vitamin A deficiency,” according to the letter.

“I find it surprising that groups that are very supportive of science when it comes to global climate change, or even, for the most part, in the appreciation of the value of vaccination in preventing human disease, yet can be so dismissive of the general views of scientists when it comes to something as important as the world’s agricultural future,” Nobel laureate Randy Schekman told The Washington Post.

Sources: Reuters, Support Precision Agriculture, The Washington Post / Photo credit: Summi/Wikimedia Commons

Tags: anti-GMOs, Coca-Cola, GMOs, Greenpeace, Vermont
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