Forbes: Vermont’s GMO-labeling Law Unconstitutional
In a column published yesterday, Forbes magazine contends Vermont’s GMO labeling law violates the First Amendment because it compels speech that is untrue.
The precedent for such a claim dates back to a 1996 U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit ruling on requiring labeling of milk produced with rBST. The suit was brought by dairy processors and grocery manufacturers.
In essence, the three-judge Court of Appeals reasoned that since rBST milk is safe, it did not require labeling. Requiring processors to do so could cause them irreparable harm, and was therefore not constitutional.
The National Academies of Sciences report released May 17 found that non-GMO-food is no more safe than food produced with GMO ingredients.