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Vermont now requires labeling of altered seeds

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont has become the first state to require the labeling of genetically modified seeds.

Under the law, signed Monday by Gov. James Douglas, seed growers must label seeds that are genetically modified or engineered after Oct. 1.

They also must report sales of such seeds in the state to the secretary of agriculture every Jan. 15.

The law is a result of years of lobbying by various advocacy and environmental organizations. Those groups helped spur a movement against genetically modified seeds and crops across the state.