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Lawmakers again turn their attention to GMOs

February 10, 2005

By Luis Porter Vermont Press Bureau

MONTPELIER — The Legislature is again taking up the regulation of genetically modified crops, one of the most controversial issues debated during last year's lawmaking session.

Both the Senate and the House heard testimony on the issue during the past week.

The current bill is designed to hold manufacturers — rather than farmers — liable for the accidental spread of genetically engineered crops. Vermont could be the first state to pass such legislation, although Montana lawmakers are also considering such a measure.

Advocates worry that farmers who have a contract to produce non-GMO produce have no recourse but to sue their neighbors if their crops are cross-pollinated with GMO plants gown in nearby fields.

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