BRATTLEBORO -- This summer, the Vermont Public Interest Research Group's citizen outreach team will knock on doors in every town in Vermont to build support for labeling genetically modified organisms. This week, the campaign comes to southern Vermont where all 60 grassroots canvassers will be camping out of Fort Dummer State Park to reach towns across Windham County.
Today, starting at 10:30 a.m., at the Brattleboro Food Co-op, many of the canvassers will be on hand to talk about the campaign. In addition, Rep. Tristan Toleno, D-Brattleboro, will be in attendance to talk about the successful labeling effort in the Vermont House of Representatives.
VPIRG has been working closely with local businesses, such as the Co-op, and members of the Vermont Right to Know GMOs coalition to advocate for the bill requiring foods that contain genetically engineered ingredients to be labeled which passed the Vermont House in May. Leadership from local legislators like Toleno was critical to passing this historic legislation in the House.
So far, VPIRG has collected more than 15,000 postcards from citizens across the state urging their state senators to protect their right to know what's in the food we eat and feed our families. The team will collect over 3,000 postcards in Windham County, which will be delivered to senators at the end of the summer.
In addition to Toleno, Leah Marsters, VPIRG Assistant Canvass Director/Campaign Director will be on hand at the Co-op, as will be Melanie Katz, VPIRG Campaign Coordinator/Canvasser, Cordelia Fuller, VPIRG Canvasser and Sabine Rhyne, Shareholder & Community Relations, Brattleboro Co-op.