Consumers are not always politically in touch. But we should be. Just last week the U.S. House of Representative quietly slipped through and passed H.R. 1599. Labeled, “The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015, most of us know it as The “Deny Americans the Right to Know” Act or simply, The DARK Act.
And while we consumers are being kept in the dark, Monsanto is celebrating a big win, because The DARK act is about GMO labeling. In fact, it is a runaway victory for Monsanto, taking away all states’ rights to demand GMO labeling as Vermont, Maine and Connecticut have already done.
Other aspects of The DARK Act include denying localities the right to establish “GMO production-free” zones and several counties in California and Oregon have done. Further, it would eliminate certification programs like the non-profit Non-GMO Project. Putting a sly spin on the program, Monsanto allies call it “voluntary labeling.”
So which of your Representatives support Monsanto’s DARK Act over your Right to Know? All seven Republican Congressional Representatives from Indiana voted against “we, the people.” That includes Susan Brooks, Todd Rokita, Luke Messer, Marlin Stutzman, Jackie Walorski, Todd Young and Larry Bucshon. The only Hoosiers that voted against Monsanto and on behalf of the consumer were Democrats Andre Carson and Peter Visclosky.
Whether you support GMO foods or not, this is about labeling foods, and the consumers’ right to know what is in our foods. Let your representative know what you think. A quick phone call or email is sufficient. The DARK Act is expected to go to the Senate sometime in September. Don’t wait until AFTER the vote to tell Senators Dan Coats and Joe Donnelly your concerns.