Big Donations Bring Food Fight Fund to $160,000

By Steph Machado

Published 07/29 2014 07:50PM

Updated 07/29 2014 08:01PM

MONTPELIER - The Vermont food fight fund is racking up the cash.

Tuesday, the fund had collected $160,000. The fund was set up to help the state defend its GMO labeling law.

Trade groups led by the Grocery Manufacturer's Association filed suit against the state in federal court.

According to a list obtained by FOX44/ABC22, the biggest donor so far is, with a $53,000 donation.

The second largest is $50,000 from Kent Whealy and Judy Kern from Michigan.

Ben & Jerry's has not donated yet, but a spokesperson said Tuesday they plan to donate $5,000 this week. The Vermont company unveiled "Food Fight Fudge" in June, promising to donate a dollar for every scoop sold. The company has been an outspoken supporter of the GMO labeling law, although its parent company Unilever is a member of the Grocery Manufacturer's Association.

Gov. Peter Shumlin has donated $100.

Vermont has until August 8th to respond to the lawsuit.

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