Last Wednesday, the U.S. Senate rejected a controversial bill that would have made labeling genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food products voluntary. Also known as the DARK Act (Deny Americans the Right to Know), the bill would have undone any labeling laws that some states have already passed (most notably, Vermont’s GMO labeling law that is set to go into effect on July 1, 2016), and it would actually have made it harder, if not impossible, for the Food and Drug Administration to require mandatory national labeling of GMOs.
Instead, the Senate did the right thing. Against pressures and huge lobbying efforts from corporations like Monsanto, they voted against it. Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director of Food & Water Watch, said, “People want to know if the food they buy contains GMO ingredients. It’s time for Congress to create a mandatory on-package labeling requirement so people can decide for themselves whether they want to eat a food that has been produced using genetic engineering.”
Polls show that GMO labeling is supported by over 90% of Americans. Continue reading “DARK Act Defeated: A Win for American Consumers”Read More