As Vermont labels GMO, food industry likely to sue

Labels on bags of snack foods indicate they are non-GMO food products.
Robyn Beck | AFP | Getty Images

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin has signed a new law that puts the state on the path to become the first in the U.S. to require labels on genetically modified foods.

The law takes effect in mid-2016 but the food industry is widely expected to challenge it before then in court. Republicans in Congress also are working on a bill that would forbid states from passing and enforcing laws requiring GMO labeling.

Supporters of the law consider GMO foods environmentally suspect and a possible health threat. But many in the food industry say the technology boosts food production and is less environmentally harmful.

Watch: GMO fears threatening Monsanto?

About 300 people and a live band turned out Thursday for the governor's bill signing on the steps of the statehouse in Montpelier.

—By The Associated Press