Vermont’s GMO labeling law could cost grocers up to $10 million per day in fines – Business Insider

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont’s first-in-the-nation law requiring the labeling of foods made with genetically modified organisms could cost the nation’s grocers up to $10 million a day in fines, according to a letter from an industry organization that is suing the block the law. The letter to Gov. Peter Shumlin from the head of the Grocery Manufacturers Association, dated Wednesday, said companies could be fined up to $1,000 a day per unlabeled item — a can of soup or a box of …

Countries That Ban GMO Foods

By Morgan Chilson | June 2, 2015 Numerous countries around the world restrict the growing or importing of GMO crops. These international restrictions are always held up as examples pointing to the lack of regulation of genetically modified organisms in the United States. The reality is that many nations in the world are in flux about whether to allow or ban GMOs. While countries may ban the growing of GMO crops, most don’t completely ban imports of GMO foods. And some countries that banned …

Pope’s Asia trip to address poverty, dialogue, climate change | Reuters

(Reuters) – Pope Francis returns to Asia for the second time in less than six months, traveling to Sri Lanka and the Philippines in coming days to underscore his concern for inter-religious dialogue, poverty and the environment. Security will be a main issue in both countries, particularly in the Philippines, Asia’s only majority Catholic country, where up to six million people are expected to attend an outdoor Mass on Jan. 18. Up to 40,000 police, troops and reservists will take …