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A majority of Senators have voted to move the DARK Act forward for a final vote on July 6. If ultimately passed, this bill would STOP state laws to label genetically engineered foods. It would take away GMO labels in stores that are already being provided in advance of Vermont’s GMO labeling law. It would create an unenforced national “standard” for labels that includes 1-800 numbers, QR codes, and websites that create the illusion of labeling and nothing more.

This bill is unjust and would limit access to labeling information to those with a smart phone, a good data plan, cell reception and the extra time to read a website about every package of food, instead of an on-package label that tells consumers what they need to know at a glance.

TAKE ACTION TODAY

Here are simple ways you can help stop the DARK Act:

Call your Senators at 202-224-3121. Tell them to reject the DARK Act. Here are a few talking points you can use:

  • QR codes and 800 numbers are NOT an acceptable replacement for clear, on pack labeling, which companies are already doing.
  • According to the FDA, the definition of bioengineering in this bill is so ambiguous and narrow that it “will likely mean that many foods from GE sources will not be subject to this bill. For instance, oil made from GE soy would not have any genetic material in it. Likewise, starches and purified proteins would not be covered.”
  • The FDA further comments that it “may be difficult” for ANY GMO food to qualify for labeling under the bill in that it would have to be proven that a GMO product’s modification could not be achieved through conventional breeding or be found in nature – something near impossible to determine. This means most GMO foods would not be subject to mandatory labeling under this bill.

Click here to see if your Senators are supporting the bill; if they are, ask them to change their mind, and if they are opposing the bill, thank them!

 Sign this petition to tell your Senators not to vote for the DARK Act.

To read more about this bill, check out this Fact Sheet.

Thank you to Center for Food Safety and Food and Water Watch for providing much of the content above.

 

 

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9 Comments

Gary Clontz

All foods should be labeled with all ingredients. People with food allergies must know to be safe.

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Tiffany Dorsey

We have the right to know what’s in our food. Do not take that away from us!

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Rebecca Rajhansa

We have a right to know what we are feeding our children as well as ourselves!

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R. Smith

This is ridiculous- I have a right to know what is in my food. Other country’s are able to provide their peoples with what is in their food…. why can’t we have clear labeling. I mean on the package- because I don’t have a smartphone and I certainly shouldn’t have to call somewhere to see what should be clearly printed on the packaging. Bottom line- I DEMAND to know what is in the food I am paying good money for.

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Dan Inglut

QR codes and 800 numbers are NOT an acceptable replacement for clear, on pack labeling, which companies are already doingAccording to the FDA, the definition of bioengineering in this bill is so ambiguous and narrow that it “will likely mean that many foods from GE sources will not be subject to this bill. For instance, oil made from GE soy would not have any genetic material in it. Likewise, starches and purified proteins would not be covered.”The FDA further comments that it “may be difficult” for ANY GMO food to qualify for labeling under the bill in that it would have to be proven that a GMO product’s modification could not be achieved through conventional breeding or be found in nature – something near impossible to determine. This means most GMO foods would not be subject to mandatory labeling under this bill.

This bill is unjust and would limit access to labeling information to those with a smart phone, a good data plan, cell reception and the extra time to read a website about every package of food, instead of an on-package label that tells consumers what they need to know at a glance.

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Robert J Woods

If we lose the right to know we lose our freedom which we lost enough already

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Shari Schuhmacher

Label GMOs in food with a label that does not require a smart phone. Not everyone has one.

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Michael Hall

It is abominable, it is obscene, that governance and politics are so inextricably tied to corporate money and interests. It is a serious matter, leading to worldwide devastation and misery. It is not only Monsanto, of course, but WE NEED GOOD FOOD.

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