DARK Act Heading to Senate
After the DARK Act passed in the House in July, Scott Faber( VP of government affairs for Environmental Working Group (EWG) is quoted as saying:
“It’s outrageous that some House lawmakers voted to ignore the wishes of nine out of 10 Americans . “Today’s vote to deny Americans the right to know what’s in their food and how it’s grown was a foregone conclusion. This House was bought and paid for by corporate interests, so it’s no surprise that it passed a bill to block states and the FDA from giving consumers basic information about their foods”.
The DARK stand for “Deny Americans the Right to Know”. H.R. 1599 a.k.a. The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act was passed despite the fact that more than 300 organizations, food companies and other organizations oppose the bill. It would not cost the food companies more money to add the labeling so there was not strong opposition from BID FOOD and why would there be? It is BIG food and BIG BIOTECH that stand to suffer the most if this bill does not pass in the Senate.
Vermont, Connecticut and Maine have passed legislation that would require labels on food with genetically modified ingredients but according to Food and Water Watch “If passed, the DARK Act would override these state laws and prevent other states from requiring labeling in the future”. Faber seems confident that the DARK Act will not pass in the house this fall.
Says Faber “We continue to hope that thoughtful food companies that listen to their customers will work with consumer groups to craft a non-judgmental GMO disclosure to put on the back of food packaging. Americans should have the same right as citizens of 64 other countries to know what’s in their food and how it’s grown.” He hopes?
This bill would literally give away our rights to know what is in our food. It would be the job of federal regulators to define “natural” on food labels. This would give them the right to claim that a GMO’s are allowed in natural foods which is preposterous to even comprehend. It would go to the extreme of blocking states from prohibiting the use of a “natural” label these foods as well. It is clear that the DARK act is just another way of taking away our rights. This is not a free country.
We are being bound in ways that we have never seen the likes of. And we will pay with the health of our families.
On July 23, 2015, Rep. K. Michael Conaway (R-TX), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee stated upon passage of H.R. 1599:
“Advances in technology have allowed the U.S. to enjoy the safest, highest quality, most abundant, diverse and affordable supply of food and fiber mankind has ever known. With the world’s population expected to reach 10 billion by 2050, biotechnology is an essential tool for our farmers to meet this demand in an environmentally sound, sustainable, and affordable way.
Unfortunately, proposed Federal and State laws threaten this innovation by generating a patchwork of differing labeling requirements, which will result in inconsistent and confusing information for consumers and interfere with interstate commerce. H.R. 1599 establishes a voluntary nation-wide marketing program that gives consumers access to consistent, reliable information while protecting advancements in food production technology and innovation. 1”
Consistent and reliable information? This bill is ironically labeled the “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act” It is quite clear that keeping us in the dark about what is in our food so that big companies like Monsanto, DuPont and Dow can continue to poison you and your family for a profit. And they are spending lots of money to do it. BIG food and chemical companies are now ramping up lobbying efforts to assure that we remain in the dark about not only what is in our food, but also where it comes from.
According to Dana Perls of Friends of the Earth: “If passed, the DARK Act would have a huge impact on our right to know and our food system. It would:
- Kill existing labeling laws, and forbid new ones
- Allow GMOs to be labeled as “natural”
- Prohibit any local government oversight of GMO crops
- Weaken USDA and FDA regulations on GMO crops “
The only oversight I see here is that without knowing that your tomato was cross bred with “heaven only knows what”, is that you can forget about any funding going toward research to disprove its safety. That will be the oversight. This act clearly states that despite the consequences upon society, money has more value than human health and safety. Many countries are announcing bans on GMO crops, and food giants like General Mills and Kellogg’s struggle to survive. Even McDonald’s, the king of junk fast food restaurant chains announced organic hamburgers in Europe. Feeling the pressure perhaps?
The World Health Organization classifies Roundup as a human carcinogen as damaging doses of Roundup sprayed on our food. Some gutsy scientists are standing up to biotech and BIG FOOD to prove their cause. I can guarantee that Monsanto will be coming out swinging due to the astronomical profits that are at stake here.
The DARK Act has already passed the House, so we have to stop it in the Senate and it’s headed there NOW!
The link below will take you to the page from the Friends of the earth where you will be able to send a pre-written letter so that your voice may be heard.
We can reach out to our Senators (202-224-3121) to voice our opposition to any law that would take away a state’s right to require GMO labeling. I strongly urge you to take action on this. There is also a group out there called “Friends of the Earth” and another called www.justlabelit.org and you can easily sign a petition in moments. Please take a moment to let your voice be heard on H.R. 1599, “The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act.
More food for thought courtesy of Eat Local Grown.
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