The DARK Act is every bit as bad as it sounds. This set of laws will prevent all 50 U.S. states from even labeling GMOs, giving Monsanto free rein to sell foods containing GMOs without our knowledge. Forever.
The precedent set here could determine the future of GMO labeling. In other words, this is a do or die moment for our right to know what's in our food.
Tell the U.S. government to stop Monsanto and protect our right to know what's in our food.
Yesterday, the U.S. House Agriculture Committee approved the "Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015" with no debate. Hours later it was announced that the bill would be rushed straight to the House floor this Thursday.
This legislation is commonly being called the Denying American's the Right to Know (DARK) Act because it makes it illegal for states to pass GMO labeling laws, or to regulate GMOs in any way.
Monsanto thinks it can ram this legislation through Congress before anyone notices, but we're not going to let that happen. Let's sound the alarm and halt the DARK Act act in its tracks.
Last year Monsanto sued the tiny, rural U.S. state of Vermont to block a law requiring the labeling of GMO foods. SumOfUs members stood with the people of Vermont to stop them from being bullied by this biotech behemoth, and Vermont's law was upheld in the courts.
But Vermont's victory--as well as efforts to require GMO labeling in dozens of other states--will be undone if the DARK Act passes. We've come too far to be caught sleeping in this winner take all fight for the future of our food.
There's lots of discussion about what the long-term effects of GMOs might be, but one thing should be above debate: consumers should have the right to know what they're eating and what they're feeding their kids.
If we don't stop it in the House this week, a vote is expected to place in the U.S. Senate, by early fall. But if we can win here, it will be a huge step towards the goal of GMO labeling worldwide, and making sure consumers know what they are eating.
Make sure you tell Congress to stop Monsanto and protect our right to know what's in our food.