policy Blog Posts

May 21, 2020 •
Maddie Kempner, NOFA-VT Policy Director

Letter to VT Senate Ag Committee re: food security

A holistic response to the Committee, and an opportunity to connect the state investment that is needed in food security with the investment needed to support VT farmers and producers.

October 17, 2017 •
Maddie Monty Kempner, Membership & Advocacy Coordinator

In Support of DACA and Immigration Reform

From the Northeast Organic Farming Association Interstate Committee on Domestic Fair Trade

June 30, 2017 •
Maddie Monty, NOFA-VT Membership & Advocacy Coordinator


On Capitol Hill, the Organic Trade Association (OTA) represents the interests of the now $43 billion organic industry. Organic Consumers Association (OCA) advocates on behalf of those who buy organic food and other products.

June 30, 2017 •
Maddie Monty, NOFA-VT Membership & Advocacy Coordinator

National Organic Coalition (NOC) Fly-In Recap

As a member of the National Organic Coalition (NOC), each year NOFA Vermont travels to Washington, D.C. to meet with our elected officials about issues impacting organic farmers and consumers.

August 2, 2016 •
Maddie Monty, NOFA-VT Policy Advisor

Food & Farming Questions for Candidates

As next Tuesday's Vermont primary election nears, Vermonters should know where our candidates stand on critical food and farming policy issues. Contact your candidates for state and federal office and find out their views on local food systems, water quality, genetic engineering, climate change, and more. 

July 6, 2016 •
Maddie Monty, NOFA-VT Policy Advisor

Vermont's landmark GMO food labeling law has “brought the food industry to its knees.”

Last Friday on the Statehouse lawn, people from all over Vermont gathered to celebrate the effective date of Act 120 – our state’s landmark GMO food labeling law that has, as one headline put it, “brought the food industry to its knees.”  The celebration, under a beautiful blue sky, was reminiscent of the May afternoon just over two years ago when, on those same steps, Act 120 was signed into law.

June 3, 2016 •
Maddie Monty, NOFA-VT Policy Advisor


We’ll gather on the State House lawn to celebrate this major milestone in food system transparency and to hear from some of the activists, farmers, food producers, policymakers and others who helped make GMO labeling a reality in Vermont.

May 3, 2016 •
Maddie Monty, NOFA-VT Policy Advisor

The Final Countdown to GMO Labels

With the start date of Vermont’s GMO labeling law less than two months away, we are continuing to fight efforts to weaken or preempt our law at both the state and federal level. Here in Vermont, efforts from within the State House to slow the implementation of Vermont’s labeling law were thwarted last week. Changes to the law were successfully limited...

March 31, 2016 •
Maddie Monty, NOFA-VT Policy Advisor

GMO Labeling: No Patchwork, No Problem

Following the failure earlier this month of a U.S. Senate bill that aimed to stop state GMO labeling laws, an outpouring of announcements came from major food brands who say they plan to label their GE products not only in Vermont, but nationwide. With the July 1st implementation date for Vermont’s Act 120 quickly approaching, the GMO labeling train set in motion by our small state in 2014 is forging ahead, and it appears some big food companies are finally jumping on board.

May 4, 2015

VOF’s Organic Guidelines Protect Water Quality

The April 1st Seven Days article Sacred Cows pointedly highlighted the relationship between accepted (and some unacceptable) agricultural practices and the need to protect water quality in our state.