Julie Wilson – NaturalNews.com
Thur, Mar 17, 2016
Subject; The Dark GMO Act in Congress
Senate set to vote on DARK Act TODAY, bill would criminalize any and all claims that say non-GMO food is safer
Thursday, March 03, 2016 by: Julie Wilson staff writer
Tags: DARK Act, GMO labeling, United Sates Senate
(NaturalNews) A piece of legislation that would prohibit states from enacting GMO-labeling laws, as well as make it difficult for companies wishing to voluntarily label GMOs, is expected to hit the Senate floor for a vote today. The Senate vote has been dreaded by the Right to Know movement ever since it passed the House of Representatives 275–150 in mid-July.
Authored by Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS), the bill has been labeled the "Deny Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act" by healthy food advocates because it eliminates a person's right to know exactly what is in their food.
The newly "introduced legislation [is] intended to preempt state GMO labeling laws – and it's expected to come to a floor vote TOMORROW," said the Environmental Working Group in an action alert email sent on March 15, 2016.
The clock is ticking
"This is our LAST CHANCE to stand up for GMO labeling and keep Big Food and Monsanto's allies in Congress from robbing us of our right to know," warned EWG in the email. "Americans should have the same right as citizens of 64 other countries to know whether or not their food contains genetically engineered ingredients."
You can take action now by sending a message to the Senate and voicing your support for GMO-labeling here.
One of the worst components of the DARK Act is that it would reverse any GMO-labeling laws already passed by individual states. Therefore, Vermont's GMO-labeling law, scheduled to take effect July 1, would be nullified.
"The DARK Act is Big Government's desperate effort to stifle free speech about food, and if passed, it would usher in a new Dark Ages of totalitarian, government mandated censorship and oppression of food transparency," said Mike Adams of Natural News, author of the new book Food Forensics and lab science director of CWC Labs.
"This DARK Act effort is the opposite of science; it is the desperate hiding of facts from consumers so that people are denied factual information about what they are eating. Every U.S. Senator who votes for this bill will be publicly exposed and shamed as 'food traitors' to America's moms and dads who are merely trying to understand what they're feeding their own children."
DARK Act favors Big Food and the world's seed monopolies
The DARK Act was largely backed by Republicans when it passed the House last summer. Only 12 Republicans voted against it, acknowledging its "infringement of states' rights and local control," reported EcoWatch.
"If the United States Senate votes to censor and cover up this information in order to protect the financial interests of Monsanto, then that Senate will forfeit every last ounce of credibility it might have possessed. If the DARK Act passes, the U.S. Senate effectively declares a FOOD WAR on the American people," Adams added.
The DARK Act, an outright attack on America's health, is so sinister that its passing is almost unimaginable, particularly when you consider the fact that society is more interested in clean, healthy and organic food than ever before.
More than 40 percent of consumers are either avoiding or reducing GMOs in their diet, a group primarily led by millennials and parents of children under eight-years-old, according to a report[PDF] produced by Whole Foods.
The report also found that more than half of people living in China, Russia, Germany and Brazil are concerned about GMOs.
Not only are organic labels on the rise, but so are GMO-free stamps. "Organic claims were more prevalent on new product in 2011 and 2012, but in 2013 GMO-Free claims made up a larger percentage of all food launches."
GMO-free labels increased from 19 percent to 45 percent over a one-year period between 2012 and 2013. It's difficult to say what might happen to one of the world's fastest growing markets if the DARK Act were to pass.