Tuesday, February 23, 2016

DARK Act Is Back With New Bill in the Senate


Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) has released a draft bill that can best be described as the Denying Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act. The bill would prevent states from requiring labeling of genetically engineered (GMO) foods and stop pending state laws that require labeling from going into effect. 
We urge senators to oppose this bill that will ensure that big food processing companies and the biotechnology industry continue to profit by misleading consumers or any version that would result in anything less than mandatory on-package labeling.
The vast majority of the public wants to know if the food they buy contains GMO ingredients. It’s time for Congress to create a mandatory on-package labeling requirement so people can decide for themselves whether they want to eat a food that has been produced using genetic engineering. Instead, Sen. Roberts’s bill would strip away the power of the states to protect the public’s right to know what is in their food.
We urge senators not to support this bill. The majority of Americans support labeling for GMOs and will hold their elected officials accountable if they vote to strip away transparency about how their food is produced. Source

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I urge you to reject Roberts’ DARK Act which would preempt GMO labeling laws already passed in Vermont, Maine, and Connecticut and pending legislation in 17 other states, only to replace them with weak “voluntary” labeling. It would also make it virtually impossible for the Food and Drug Administration to ever require mandatory labeling nationwide. 

64 countries around the world already require GE foods to be labeled including Russia, China, Japan, Brazil and all member countries in the European Union. The U.S. population wants the same right to know as the citizens of all these countries.

I urge you to support mandatory nationwide GMO labeling and reject any GMO labeling legislation that doesn’t include mandatory, on-package labeling that clearly states—in words—when a product is genetically engineered. 


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