On July 23, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a controversial act (dubbed the Deny Americans the Right to Know, or DARK, Act) which would keep states from issuing mandatory labeling laws for foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
“It’s outrageous that some House lawmakers voted to ignore the wishes of nine out of 10 Americans,” said Scott Faber, senior vice president of government affairs for EWG. “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 food.”
What to Know About GMOs
Genetically modified foods have certainly been the buzz term of late. If you’re confused and concerned about how it all affects you and your family, you’re not alone. Proponents claim that GMO foods have the potential to help solve world hunger by creating hardier crops, drastically lowering prices, and creating crops that can use fewer pesticides.
But others have expressed great concern about potential health ramifications, since there hasn’t been much testing on long-term effects. Now, an all-out war is brewing, with some well-known names urging Congress to take action. Many critics stop short of asking for a full ban of GMOs and are picking their battles, instead demanding that foods using genetically modified ingredients are labeled as such. Not so much to ask, right?
At the same time, the DARK Act, which was introduced by Kansas representative Mike Pompeo, does the exact opposite! The bill was aimed at preventing the labeling of genetically engineered food. Top Chef judge and Craft restaurants founder Tom Colicchio was so incensed by the proposed bill that he started a campaign asking Congress to scrap it.
Here’s what he says:
“More than two dozen states have GMO labeling bills pending this year, but this legislation would preempt states from passing any of these bills. The bill is so dangerous that we’ve dubbed it the DARK Act — “Deny American’s Right to Know” — because that’s exactly what Monsanto and the Koch Brothers are trying to do by keeping your food ingredients secret. As a chef and a father of 3 boys, it’s important for me to know what’s in the food I’m feeding my kids and customers…The simple truth is consumers have the right to know what they’re feeding their families. 93% of Americans support GMO labeling, but the United States is one of the only industrialized countries in the world without labeling laws.”
To learn more about Colicchio’s campaign, click here to sign the petition (we did!).
And visit the EWG’s web site to make your voice heard and tell your Senator to oppose the DARK Act.