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I urge you to OPPOSE the DARK Act, an industry-backed bill to block the mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods.

Not only would this bill make meaningless voluntary labeling federal law, it would also deny states the right to pass meaningful mandatory GE food labeling bills.

It is grossly misleading for industry—let alone federal lawmakers—to continue trumpeting the idea that voluntary labeling will solve the overwhelming consumer demand for labeling in the marketplace. In the 14 years that FDA has allowed companies to voluntarily label genetically engineered foods, only two companies have said they will label, and both came in response to a mandatory labeling law passed in Vermont.

I expect lawmakers to support my right to know about the food I purchase and feed my family, not undermine it.

Please do NOT support this or ANY bill that enacts useless voluntary labeling schemes and denies states their right to pass meaningful, mandatory GE food labeling bills. Instead, I urge you to support the Merkley bill to label GE food because it responsibly balances the needs of both consumers and companies for a national, mandatory GE labeling scheme.


Center for Food Safety

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The Grocery Manufacturers Association, along with allies like Monsanto and Dow, have teamed up on a federal bill that would deny your right to know what is in your food.

This bill, which has...

The Grocery Manufacturers Association, along with allies like Monsanto and Dow, have teamed up on a federal bill that would deny your right to know what is in your food.

This bill, which has been called the "Denying Americans the Right-to-Know Act" (DARK Act), has already been passed in the House of Representatives (HR 1599), and a similar bill is now being debated in the Senate.

If passed into law this disastrous bill would:

  • Prevents states from adopting their own GE labeling laws.
  • Prevents state or county laws regulating GE crops
  • Prevents the Food and Drug Administration from requiring companies to label GE ingredients and instead continues a failed 14-year "voluntary" labeling policy under USDA.
  • Trumpets the idea of using discriminatory and privacy-invading QR codes instead of simple, on-package labeling.

GE labeling is important to Americans, with over 90% consistently supporting transparency in the marketplace through mandatory GE labeling. In 2013 and 2014 there were over 70 GE labeling bills and ballot initiatives introduced across 30 states, with laws being passed in Maine, Connecticut, and Vermont.

The DARK Act would shut down these efforts and replace them with an undemocratic, hollow "voluntary" labeling scheme.

This is not the solution consumers have been demanding.

Even though Americans overwhelmingly support labeling, there is a disastrous momentum behind the DARK Act. Instead of joining the 64 countries across the world that require GE labeling, this bill actually promotes consumer confusion. While countries like South Korea, Japan, China, Brazil, South Africa and the entire European Union care about their citizens' right to know what is in their food, some in Congress are instead working on keeping Americans in the dark.

Tell your Senator to OPPOSE the DARK Act and SUPPORT mandatory GE food labeling!


For more information:

State Labeling Initiatives, Center for Food Safety (April 2014)

Bill seeks to block mandatory GMO food labeling by states, Reuters (April 10th, 2014)

Big Food's "DARK Act" Introduced in Congress, CFS Press Release (April 9th, 2014)

GMO Pushers and The Art of War, Huffington Post (April 10, 2014)


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