UPDATE: Congressman Pompeo has just released a dangerous new amendment to the DARK Act that would preempt any state or county laws regulating genetically engineered (GE) crops in any way.
Congressman Pompeo and his gang of Big Food bullies are once again trying to deny consumers our right to know what we are eating and feeding our families.
The bill that would deny voters the right to pass state bills to label genetically engineered foods—and make mandatory labelling at the federal level impossible—has been reintroduced in Congress, despite hundreds of thousands of emails and phone calls from people like you opposing this corporate power-grab.
To make matters worse, Congressman Pompeo just released a dangerous new amendment to the DARK Act that would preempt any state or county laws regulating genetically engineered (GE) crops in any way.
Pompeo’s bill (H.R. 1599)—dubbed the “Denying Americans the Right-to-Know Act” (DARK Act)—would:
- Prevent states from adopting their own GE labelling laws
- Prevent state or county laws regulating GE crops
- Prevent the Food and Drug Administration from requiring companies to label GE ingredients and instead continue a failed 14-year “voluntary” labelling policy
The bill also seeks to create a federal certification process for voluntary non-GMO labels. While non-GMO marketing claims allow companies to distinguish themselves in the marketplace, the labelling of non-GE foods and organic foods is limited to only about 2% of products on the shelves and is not a substitute for mandatory disclosure.
GE labeling is important to Americans, with over 90% consistently supporting transparency in the marketplace through mandatory GE labelling. In 2013 and 2014 there were over 70 GE labelling bills introduced across 30 states, with laws being passed in Maine, Connecticut, and Vermont.
The DARK Act would shut down these efforts and reverse these successfully passed bills, only to be replaced with an undemocratic, hollow “voluntary” labelling scheme. In the 14 years that FDA has allowed companies to voluntarily label GE foods, a total of zero companies have done so.
This is not the solution consumers have been demanding and it is high time for Congress to wise up.
Thankfully, Congressman DeFazio and Senator Boxer have also reintroduced their bill to put in place mandatory, nationwide labelling of genetically engineered foods. Congress should focus on the labelling 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 Congress to OPPOSE the DARK Act and SUPPORT mandatory GE food labelling!
More Information: The Monsanto Protection Act Is Back And Worse Than Ever.