Back in 2014, G.K. Butterfied and Mike Pompeo introduced a new bill in Congress titled “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2014”. The bill was aggressively supported by Grocery Manufacturers Association as well as Biotechnology Industry Organization. The only problem was that the bill never got the backing of people. Almost everyone in America recorded their opposition to the bill on the internet and a lot of people took it to the streets, protesting against the bill.
When the bill was introduced, The Environmental Working Group dubbed it “Deny Americans the Right to Know (DARK)” Act and helped people understand how it blocks states from enacting their own GMO labeling laws. This means that the consumers will remain in the dark and allow evil companies to continue hiding truth from the public.
The Dark Act is now coming to the U.S. Senate as a similar bill has been introduced by Sen. Pat Roberts. This new bill goes even a step further from the original DARK act as it not only stops states from enacting their own labeling but it also proposes to suspend any pending state GMO labeling laws.
One of the first states to pass a food transparency law in 2015 was Vermont. These laws required Big Food and Big Biotech to reveal information about their food products and let public know the nature of modified ingredients. The progress that Vermont has made so far to help the public understand what they are eating could be halted if the Dark Act goes through the law-making process.
Why do Big Food and Big Biotech keep fighting against Americans’ desire to know what they are putting in their bodies? If these genetically engineered ingredients and manipulations of nature are as safe as advertised, then why not be transparent about it all?
Let people make informed choices. 64 other nations around the world require some form of GMO labeling, including places like Russia and China.
If people don’t know what’s going into their bodies, how will the free market ever progress? When bills like the DARK Act are drafted, it becomes apparent that the federal government is owned by corporate demands. How will people ever be able to make a clear vote with their dollars if they don’t know what the hell they are buying in the first place?
Food companies use the excuse that it would cost too much to disclose GMO ingredients on the label, but that is such a sad excuse, because these corporations already waste millions of dollars lobbying the federal government to block GMO labeling!
Over the first two quarters of 2015, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Kellogg’s, Kraft, General Mills and Land O’Lakes disclosed $12.6 million on lobbying expenses for legislation that would stop state and federal GMO labeling. In the first half of 2015, trade associations, Big Food and Big Biotech all teamed up to spend $51.6 million to fight GMO labeling.
It’s important to know which products contain genetically modified ingredients so that consumers can avoid food that has been sprayed with glyphosate. Herbicides such as glyphosate, which destroy the microbiome and initiate disease processes in the body, should be avoided whenever possible. Glyphosate is now recognized as carcinogenic.
If enough states get on board with GMO labeling laws, it would become inevitable that Big Food and Big Biotech lose their stranglehold on the American people. Instead of using millions of dollars to lobby for secrecy, they would have to use the money to create new labels that tell the public exactly what is in their products. As transparency comes, the people can then vote with their dollars whether they want to remain suppressed by agro-chemicals, or want to support more organic agriculture practices.
The health of future generations hangs in the balance.
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