Last week, the House Agricultural Committee passed HR 1599, the bill better known as the DARK Act, which would obliterate state GMO labeling laws, prohibit national GMO labeling, and ban any GMO crop growing limitations on municipal, state or federal levels. At some point this week–it could be today–the DARK Act is up for a vote. Want to help stop it? Me, too.
Last week, the Senate approved the Fast Track Trade Promotion Authority, prohibiting trade deals from addressing climate change and accelerating the still-under-wraps Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact that jeopardizes state’s rights to label GMOs and ban fracking.
How to win the fight against GMOs? Take a note from Kaua’i, “the global epicenter for GE seed testing,” where residents living near the testing zone are exposed to six times the number of pesticides used on the mainland, according to the Pesticide Action Network. But these activists are fighting back–and winning.
GMO proponents have long claimed that genetically modified seeds allow farmers to apply less chemical pesticides and grow healthier crops. But a recent study by Food & Water Watch shows GMO use has significantly increased the amount of herbicides dousing crops over the past 15 years. In honor of Mother’s Day, a new campaign by Just Label It positions moms against GMOs and targets Quaker–and its parent company PepsiCo–for fighting GMO labeling, now supported by 93% of Americans.
After making national news in 2013 by becoming the first national food chain to disclose genetically modified ingredients in their food, Chipotle announce yesterday that they have eliminated all GMOs from their food. Like most level-headed conversations, their concern about GMOs focuses on these two points.
You know the calorie count and the fat content. Shouldn’t you also know if your food contains GMOs? That’s the question on the table with H.R. 4432, a bill otherwise known as Deny Americans the Right to Know—or the DARK Act—which is set to be re-introduced to Congress this year. Regardless of what you think about the safety of GMO foods, this is a bill you need to know about.
Ever since I started writing as Mommy Greenest, I’ve noticed people avoiding me. Not my close friends, obviously. But the casual friendships—those afternoon coffee invitations that turn into weekend playdates with wine? I’m getting less and less of them. I’ve heard, “Oh, don’t let Rachel see that,” as a plastic water bottle is shoved into a purse, and “She had fries—don’t kill me!” as my daughter is returned home from a playdate. They think I’m the eco police.
Last year, my New Year’s resolutions focused on small changes that can improve your health and our environment. This year, in addition to the Shop Drop Challenge, I’m just making just one New Year’s resolution—which has the power to change everything.