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The DARK Act is Back — Americans Swindled (Again!) Over GMO Labeling Laws

Published on July 8, 2016 by   ·   No Comments

The DARK Act is Back - Americans Swindled Once Again Over GMO Labeling Laws

Carolanne WrightWake Up World

 

“This is not a labeling bill; it is a non-labeling bill. We are appalled that our elected officials would support keeping Americans in the dark about what is in our food and even more appalled that they would do it on behalf of Big Chemical and food corporations.” ~ Center for Food Safety

In yet another attack on transparency and food safety, biotech giant Monsanto has won an unexpected bipartisan victory in Congress with a “test vote” on a bill dubbed Deny Americans the Right to Know Act, or DARK Act. On June 29th, ‘representatives’ in the U.S. Senate announced a deal had been reached regarding federal GMO labeling requirements. Introduced by Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), both Senators were paid handsomely by agribusiness to push the pro-GMO agenda in Congress — $2,808,111 and $1,565,980 respectively. Incredibly, it wasn’t just politicians that sold out the American public, a laundry list of organic brands owned by large corporations have embraced this latest version of the DARK Act as well, which will nullify state GMO labeling laws — including hard won legislation in Vermont.

Organic Traitors Join Forces with Monsanto Over DARK Act

In this day and age, it’s not surprising that political representatives are easily bought and paid for by the biotech industry. What does come as a surprise, however, is when the leaders of organic companies and organizations tell Congress behind closed doors that they will accept the GMO labeling compromise. A deal which will destroy state GMO laws and establish standards that only protect the interests of the biotech industry, instead of the public.

Says Ronnie Cummins, international director of the Organic Consumers Association:

“Perhaps even more outrageous, the legal definition of “bioengineered” foods under the new DARK Act means that 95 percent of the current GMO-tainted foods on the market, including foods made from Roundup-resistant and BT-spliced corn and soy, would never have to be identified.”

The companies and organizations in question? Whole Foods Market, Stonyfield Farm, Organic Valley, Just Label It, the Environmental Working Group and the Organic Trade Association (OTA) — the last of which hired the Podesta Group, the same public relations firm used by Hillary Clinton and the Biotechnology Industry Association, to persuade Senators to accept the shady GMO labeling bill.

Political Doublespeak and the GMO Agenda

“The Roberts-Stabenow GMO labeling bill would kill the Vermont law that labels GMO foods as “produced with genetic engineering.” Vermont’s law is working. GMOs are being labeled. Food prices are staying the same. The labels are being used nationwide. The Roberts-Stabenow bill wouldn’t require words on the package. It exempts nearly all GMOs from labeling. It would take at least 2 years to take effect. And, it’s essentially voluntary because there would be no enforcement for non-compliance.” ~ Alexis, Organic Consumers Association

As we well know, any bill where an industry comes under potential threat (in this case, biotech agriculture), lobbyists, industry insiders and the political machine will make the process unbearably complicated and convoluted to hide the true nature of the legislation. And it’s no different with the DARK Act.

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