"There was a celebration on the Statehouse steps in May when Gov. Peter Shumlin signed a bill into law that made Vermont the first state to require labeling of genetically modified foods.
There was music, people were smiling, and Ben & Jerry's Chief Executive Officer Jostein Solheim handed out free ice cream to the crowd of about 300 people. Ben & Jerry's is in the process of going completely GMO-free.
One of the celebrants that day was Sen. David Zuckerman, P/D-Chittenden, lead sponsor of the GMO labeling bill. Zuckerman, an organic farmer by trade, first introduced GMO legislation as a representative in 1999, to ascertain from the University of Vermont how much money the school was receiving to research GMOs. In 2003, Zuckerman was the lead sponsor of a series of bills on GMOs, one of which required labeling. Now, after 11 years, full disclosure had won the day, in Zuckerman's view."