The U.S. House of Representatives voted 275-150 for HR 1599, described by the food movement as the DARK (Denying Americans the Right to Know) Act.
This bill is a total gift to Monsanto and the biotech industry. It would nullify a state’s authority to label genetically engineered (GE) food, including Vermont, which has already passed a law requiring labeling. It would allow GE food to be labeled “natural.” It would prevent states and counties from regulating the growing of GE foods.
In short, it’s a disaster for those of us who feel we have a right to know the truth about what we eat.
If you’re in the U.S., do you know how your member of Congress voted? This site lists the votes of every state’s Representatives.
But this isn’t over. The next battleground is the U.S. Senate. Congress is in recess during August, but Monsanto’s minions will introduce a Senate version of HR 1599 in September. We will let you know when that happens, so you can contact U.S. senators to urge them to vote NO.
In the mean while, we’re continuing to work closely with Center for Food Safety, Just Label It!, Institute for Responsible Technology, Friends Of the Earth, Food Democracy Now!, Environmental Working Group, Organic Consumers Association, and many other dedicated organizations in standing up for a healthy and transparent food system. Thanks for standing with us