Speaking of Vermont, the state was the first to mandate special labeling of foodstuffs containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) back in 2014 when Governor Shumlin signed the labeling legislation into law. Since that time, the law has been challenged by the Grocers Manufacturers Association in a lawsuit that is still pending (the court rejected the GMA request for an injunction, but allowed the case to continue to trial). Notwithstanding that challenge, the law is still on the books and scheduled to formally take effect on July 1 of this year. Although Vermont is still the only state to mandate GMO labeling (Maine and Connecticut have each passed a GMO label bill, but neither is effective until other neighboring states also enact it), there are as many as 20 initiatives being considered throughout the country. At the same time however, Congress continues their efforts to pass a federal voluntary GMO labeling bill that would also prohibit individual states from enacting their own labeling laws. Such legislation has already passed the US House and was proposed this week in the Senate by US Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas.