Dubbed the “Deny Americans the Right to Know” or DARK Act— a name it received because it would halt state’s efforts to require GMO labeling on foods containing ingredients from genetically modified sources— passed the House of Representatives on July 23, according to Mint Press News. You can sign the petition to prevent this law from passing the next stage.
Activists and the public fear genetically modified ingredients may present safety hazards. The creation of GMOs is not regulated, so we have no way of knowing what technology and science is creating the food. Without knowing the type of genetically modified ingredients our foods contain, it is impossible for us to make a decision about what is best for our health personally. These crops have been proven to be toxic, allergenic, and less nutritious than in their natural state. It’s no wonder 9 out of 10 Americans want GMO regulation and mandatory labeling.
Currently, the Non-GMO Project, a non-profit organization, provides high standards and regulations for brands that want to assure their consumers that they are GMO-free. However, the voluntary method is less successful for the companies who use GMOs, because they aren’t rushing to disclose that they do. Advocates against this law want mandated labeling of products containing GMOs, as well as research conducted by a third party of these GMOs–two things which aren’t currently implemented.
Here’s a breakdown of why people are against the DARK Act:
- Strips twenty states who have already implemented their own GMO laws of the right to require labeling
- Prevents the Food and Drug Administration from mandating a nationwide GMO labeling system
- Negates 130 existing statues, regulations and ordinances in 43 states regulated by the Non-GMO Project.
- Creates a second non-GMO certification program, regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Since the Non-GMO Project already has a set of standards and its verified seal on non-GMO products, this would cause confusion to shoppers and lower the standard for non-GMO certified products.
Companies like Ben & Jerry’s, Chipotle, Clif Bar, Whole Foods, Panera as well as dozens of others, have already joined the movement and written to congress to stop this law from passing.
We discussed how everyone should have the right to choose what is best for their health in our post about the importance alternative healing. We stand by this movement and hope we all can continue to have the right to choose our own path to health. If you also feel this way, sign the petition to prevent this law for passing—remember every single signature matters.