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Sign the Petition to

President Barack Obama

Veto the DARK Act, the industry-backed bill just passed by Congress that blocks mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods.

This bill makes meaningless voluntary labeling federal law, it also deny states the right to pass meaningful mandatory GE food labeling bills.

Please veto this bill today!

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REAL Food Project

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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, called the...

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, called the "Denying Americans the Right-to-Know Act" (DARK Act). This disastrous bill: 

  • 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  shuts 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.

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