In light of last week’s Senate failure to pass the DARK Act, which would have stomped states’ rights to label GMOs, the writing was on the wall: Federal policy is set to follow the will of the American people, 94% of which are in favor of our right to label GMOs. Still, the lightning-fast way that major manufacturers like General Mills and Kellogg’s announced plans to label GMOs on product packaging was a surprise. What does the Grocery Manufacturers Association have to do with it?
We did it! Thanks to everyone who called or tweeted your Senator and helped S. 2609 FAIL a Senate vote yesterday. If you’re just tuning in, the bill was better known as Deny Americans the Right to Know–or the DARK Act–because it would have prohibited states the right to GMO labeling, even where the legislation had already passed. Think we’re done? Not even! I’ve got the list of Republicans who voted WITH 90% of Americans who want the right to GMO labeling in shutting down S. 2609, plus the list of Democrats who voted to pass the DARK Act. (Boo… Hiss…) There is a chance that this legislation will be…
I just called my Senator. Up until now, I’ve been more interested in social media action, but the stakes are so high today that I had to take all steps possible. You see, tomorrow the Senate will decide whether or not to pass S. 2609–also known as the “Deny Americans the Right to Know” or DARK Act. After the House of Representatives passed it last year, the Senate is our last line of defense. The DARK Act would make it illegal for states to require GMO labeling and would override GMO labeling bills already in place–regardless of the fact that 94% of Americans want GMO labeling. Luckily, the Senate also has another bill…
Last year, the World Health Organization announced that glyphosate–the world’s most widely used herbicide also known as Roundup–was a “probable human carcinogen.” Shortly thereafter, French officials banned sales of Roundup nationwide as Monsanto, Roundup’s manufacturer, prepared to stand trial for “crimes against humanity and the environment” in The Hague. The previous year, our own Government Accountability Office called out the Food and Drug Administration for its failure to test Roundup through the pesticide monitoring program because it was too “costly.” Then, studies released by private consumer groups like Moms Across America found that 70% of our water contained Roundup, and that our urine showed levels 10 times greater than that of Europeans. So really, what else could the FDA do?
Talk about taking a stand. The Campbell company just announced they are moving towards GMO labeling, whether the federal government likes it or not. This makes Campbell the first major food company to stand up in favor of GMO labeling, which is now supported by nine out of 10 Americans, according to Just Label It. But that’s not all.
Despite the fact that a full 93% of Americans support GMO Labeling, it looks like a losing fight, according to a new article in The Hill. But does that mean it’s been lost?
The drumbeat on GMO labeling just keeps getting louder. Recently, the Environmental Media Association debuted this #ConcealOrReveal PSA on the “Today Show,” featuring Constance Zimmer, Ginnifer Goodwin, Jillian Michaels, Jordana Brewster, Sara Gilbert and Sarah Michelle Gellar all urging brands to support GMO labeling. Unfortunately, the video misses a most important takeaway: Click here to add your name to a petition supporting mandatory GMO labeling laws.
This week, the DARK Act passed the House of Representatives, despite the fact that 9 of 10 Americans support GMO labeling. Now it’s up to the Senate to block it, so that states’ rights to label can stand. Read more for what you can do today to help #StoptheDARKAct. Meanwhile, my grandfather ran a bean elevator. I wonder what he would think about Monsanto suing farmers? This video, posted on Facebook by Neil Young, just makes me so sad.