July 30, 2016. Yesterday was a difficult day for all of us who have worked so hard for mandatory, clear, on-package labeling of genetically engineered foods.
The President signed S. 764 -- a sham labeling bill that will truly Deny Americans the Right to Know. Among other things this cruel charade of a law will:-- Prohibit state labeling legislation (including Vermont's that had was in the process of being enforced),
-- Allow companies to "label" genetically engineered foods by indirect means such as QR codes, telephone numbers, URLs or other devices that will force consumers to spend precious time and energy to learn what is in their foods,
-- Impose no penalties for non-compliance, giving industry a "Get Out of Jail Free" card for ignoring this law.
In addition, the DARK Act could exclude from labeling many foods that should be labeled - perhaps exempting most processed foods.
This is clearly a bad situation, but we need to keep on working!
We know you may be disappointed and even exhausted. You have been handing out leaflets, speaking to friends and associates, helping at public events, responding to action alerts from IRGKGMO and many other organizations, and doing all the things that need to be done to bring about change.
We need to keep right on working, but now in a different arena!
We have already brought about change! Have you noticed that more people know what GMO means? Have you noticed that more and more people are looking for the Non-GMO Project label when they shop? Have you noticed that several companies (even some of the biggest ones) now label?
We're not quitting!In the coming weeks we will be working on more strategies to build public awareness.
When we can convey the hazards to health, environment and food security in compelling ways, and as more and more people become aware of the outrageous behavior of industry in promoting this hazardous technology, we can achieve our goals.
Do not give up!
Now more than ever your ideas and your energy are important! Get involved with Illinois Right to Know GMO and some other the other great organizations working to bring about change. Support them with your funds and your action as you are able. Both are important.