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What You Need to Know About the DARK Act (Plus How to Stop it In Its Tracks)

The DARK Act passed the House on July 23, 2015 in what was yet another major step toward passing into law a measure that could effectively ban GMO labeling at the statewide level.

Despite nationwide polls by major media outlets consistently showing that over 90% of Americans want GMO labeling, a right afforded in over 60 countries around the world, the Right to Know what’s in our food is at now stake more than ever before.

For weeks news updates surrounding the mysterious DARK Act, introduced as HR1599 by Mike Pompeo of Kansas (who has taken contributions from both Monsanto and the Grocery Manufacturers’ Association), was hard to come by as the House vote drew near.

Word began to spread on Facebook that it was even being censored on newsfeeds everywhere preventing it from being read and people from knowing and calling their reps.

Now that the bill has passed, all of a sudden it is actually trending on Facebook.

While the bill passing the House is a setback, Anthony Gucciardi from the website Natural Society came out recently with the video below on how the news of its passing can help increase awareness and lead to positive momentum toward stopping it.

You can view it on our Facebook page by clicking here.

You can also help stop the DARK Act by calling your Senator and telling them to oppose any legislation that would ban mandatory GMO labeling, a right afforded in 60+ countries around the world. A vote is expected soon in the Senate; you can find your Senator by clicking on the links below:

http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/

http://govsm.com/w/Senate

Remember the Monsanto Protection Act? It’s Back, and Worse Than Ever Before

The Monsanto Protection Act became one of the most infamous pieces of legislation in recent U.S. history, prompting a massive backlash in 2014.

But now a new bill disguised as a “GMO labeling” act has been introduced by Rep. Mike Pompeo, causing one major consumer group to label it perhaps even worse than the Monsanto Protection Act.

According to the Center for Food Safety, Rep. Pompeo’s bill has been greatly expanded to actually prohibit all labeling of GMO foods, while making it unlawful for states of local governments to restrict GM crops in any way.

The bill, H.R. 1599, will be discussed at a House hearing on Thursday.

“The Monsanto Protection Act is back, and it’s even worse than before. This bill would strip away a state or local government’s basic rights of local control, and hands the biotech industry everything it wants on a silver platter. No Member of Congress that cares about the rights and concerns of his or her constituents should support this bill,” said Andrew Kimbrell, executive director at Center for Food Safety in this press release from the CFS.

PHOTO: Common Dreams/OCA

PHOTO: Common Dreams/OCA

 

State, Local Laws Undermined

The center also said that the bill would further weaken the federal regulation of GM crops while also forbidding local communities to create laws against them, such as the recent ban in Jackson County, Oregon.

Other similar ordinances have passed in Hawaii, California and Washington State, but would be voided under the bill, which has been dubbed the DARK (Deny Americans the Right to Know) Act.

The bill would “undemocratically nullify” GM crop regulations that have been on the books in across the country for years.

For more on the “New Monsanto Protection Act” check out the press release here.