These past few days have been amazing! Years of work fighting for transparency in our food culminated in several very significant wins. First, the DARK Act (Deny Americans the Right to Know) was defeated in the Senate and then one of the U.S.’s largest food companies, General Mills, and several others announced that they are going to label genetically modified ingredients in all their products sold in the U.S. For all of you who care about this issue, those who have dialed and called, written and tweeted for transparency, this is your week of accomplishment. Continue reading
There is a dangerous bill that will be marked up and voted on in the Senate tomorrow. Introduced by Kansas Senator Pat Roberts, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, it’s truly Monsanto’s dream bill. It’s unofficially called Deny Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act, and would take away the rights of states to pass GMO labeling laws. It would overturn the existing labeling laws in Vermont, Connecticut and Maine and make it harder for companies to label voluntarily.
It is indeed a dangerous bill and Big Food companies are spending millions right now to get it passed. That’s why your voice is urgently needed today. Make a call to your Senators and let them know how you feel. If you believe consumers have the right to know what’s in our food, like 64 other countries, then make that call.
This is our LAST CHANCE to stop the bill before it reaches the Senate floor and EWG makes it very easy:
I urge you to support GMO labeling. The script is below:
“The DARK Act, recently introduced in the Senate by Senator Pat Roberts, would pre-empt GMO labeling laws already passed in Vermont, Maine and Connecticut.
Like most Americans, I simply want to know what’s in my food and how it was produced. I strongly oppose legislation that would deny me this right, and I urge you to voice your opposition in order to protect our right to know what’s in our food.
Studies consistently show that the vast majority of Americans support GMO labeling. Some 64 nations around the world already have laws supporting this right.
The DARK Act keeps consumers in the dark. I urge you to do everything in your power to stop the DARK Act and instead support the consumer’s right to know what’s in our food.”
This is the most important thing you have to do today. Thanks for joining me!
The scientific debate has been going on for as long as GMO’s have entered the labs, our fields and ultimately our food. According to ABC News, “The FDA has said that “labeling isn’t necessary because there’s no evidence genetic engineering changes a food’s quality, safety, ‘or any other attribute.'” What are the origins of this statement and is it a universally agreed upon sentiment? Continue reading
In 2007 while campaigning, Barack Obama declared: “Here’s what I’ll do as President… We’ll let folks know whether their food has been genetically modified because Americans should know what they’re buying.” It is now 2015 and over 125 CEO’s think the president should move to keep his pledge. They have signed a letter to perpetuate the momentum and to act. Continue reading
It has been almost 20 years since GMO technology was introduced into our agriculture systems. Over time this toxic arms race has created a scenario whereby 80-90% of corn and soy planted in the U.S. is grown with GMO technology. As a result it is now difficult for farmers to easily source non-GMO seeds. In mid-March Rep. Pompeo, Mike [R-KS-4] reintroduced the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act which would take away our right to label GMOs for a very long time. Some have dubbed it the Deny Americans Right to Know (DARK) act, and this nefarious legislation is quickly gaining steam in Congress. Continue reading