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Natural Awakenings Fairfield Cty/Housatonic Valley, CT

New GMO Labeling Bill Needs Citizen Feedback on Capitol Hill

Mar 02, 2015 01:43AM

Congressman Mike Pompeo (R), of Kansas, has introduced bill HR 4432, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2014 (Tinyurl.com/LabelGMOBill), which would ban states from passing genetically engineered food labeling laws and undo those already passed, making voluntary labeling the law of the land. The bill also allows companies to label products containing GMOs as “natural”. Healthy food advocates have dubbed it the “Denying Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act.”

The bill bans any mention of organic natural foods as being safer or better than their GMO counterparts and sets a strong burden of proof on organic small farms that wish to grow and market their products as GMO-free.

If we don’t want to be kept in the dark about what we’re eating, Congress needs to protect our right to know if food contains genetically modified organisms (GMO). While grassroots efforts to require labeling of GMO are gaining momentum, Big Agriculture and biotech companies like Monsanto are trying to block our right to know what’s in our food. The issue is critical and time-sensitive, so action needs to be taken now to contact Congress.

Find specific legislators by calling the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 or visiting House.gov. Sign petitions at Tinyurl.com/SignStopDarkAct.