Why You Should Oppose the Dark Act
Are you being kept in the dark? Apparently the government wants to keep it that way – at least when it comes to GMO foods….
By now we’ve probably all heard snippets of the debate over whether genetically engineered foods are bad for you or not. While the jury may still be out, many Americans are choosing to error on the side of caution and avoid GMOs when possible.
But a new bill before the U.S. Senate may make this a lot more difficult. The so-called “Dark Act” recently passed in the House of Representatives, and is now going before the Senate for consideration, despite vocal protest from a large percentage of American citizens.
This bill would make it impossible even for states to enact their own GMO labeling laws, and make labeling genetically engineered foods wholly voluntary, at the whim of the manufacturers and food producers. If you think they will volunteer, especially given the negative public opinion of GMOs, think again!
See below to learn more, and voice your protest against the Dark Act here: http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/1881/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=14356
The bill that would deny voters the right to pass state bills to label genetically engineered foods—and make mandatory labeling at the federal level impossible—has been passed by the House, despite over half a million emails and phone calls from people like you opposing this corporate power-grab.
The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.
Pompeo’s bill (H.R. 1599)—dubbed the “Denying Americans the Right-to-Know Act” (DARK Act):
- Prevents states from adopting their own GE labeling laws.
- Prevents state or county laws regulating GE crops
- Prevents the Food and Drug Administration from requiring companies to label GE ingredients and instead continue a failed 14-year “voluntary” labeling policy.
GE labeling is important to Americans, with over 90% consistently supporting transparency in the marketplace through mandatory GE labeling.
The DARK Act would shut down these efforts and reverse previously passed bills, to be replaced with an undemocratic, hollow “voluntary” labeling scheme. In the 14 years that FDA has allowed companies to voluntarily label GE foods, a total of zero companies have done so.
Thankfully, Congressman DeFazio and Senator Boxer have also reintroduced their bill to put in place mandatory, nationwide labeling of genetically engineered foods. Congress should focus on the labeling solutions that Americans are asking for – not legislation written by and for big food and chemical companies that only serves to keep Americans in the dark.
Tell your Senators to OPPOSE the DARK Act and SUPPORT mandatory GE food labeling!
Find more information and voice your protest at The Center for Food Safety…