Sen. Bernie Sanders joined Sen. Patrick Leahy and Rep. Peter Welch on Monday at the Vermont Statehouse to discuss how a U.S. Senate-passed farm bill would help Vermont dairy farmers. The new approach, endorsed by dairy producers throughout Vermont, creates a voluntary, federally subsidized insurance program. It also includes a market stabilization provision to discourage an oversupply of milk. "Overall, it was a good step forward," Sanders said at the congressional delegation's news conference. "For the first time I think we have made some inroads into growth management."
Sanders also proposed an amendment to the farm bill that would have let states require clear labels on any food containing genetically engineered ingredients. Sanders' measure was opposed by virtually every major food corporation in the country and defeated 73-26. "This is something we are going to continue to work on," Sanders said. "The people of Vermont and the people of America have a right to know what's in the food that they eat."