Saturday, July 30, 2016

The DARK Act is headed for the President's Desk


July 17, 2017, the DARK Act has been passed by Congress and is headed for the President's desk.  

The most important Action Item now is convincing the President to VETO this bill labeled S764 (don't be confused by the Planned Parenthood language in this bill which also contains DARK Act.)
Sign petitions, tweet, retweet and call the White House  202-456-1111 asking  the President to VETO this bill.   We need  mandatory, clear, on package GMO labeling.  This bill is confusing and by allowing indirect "coded" labeling it discriminates against low income, disabled, and moms shopping with kids!   

And PLEASE SIGN THESE IMPORTANT PETITIONS!


LET’S SIGN THESE PETITIONS NOW, AND THEN SHARE THEM TO MAKE THEM GO VIRAL!  

After signing, please  share and post these URLs with your friends and social media pages. Here are those links again: 

The White House:https://wh.gov/iFYPQ 



What's wrong with this bill?  Among other things: 

-- It preempts (prohibits) state legislation without offering a strong federal labeling requirement.

-- It allows the use of indirect means of letting consumers know what is in their food, such as QR Codes, telephone numbers, etc. This discriminates against low income, disability, and moms shopping with small kids.  

-- It will not take effect for two years.

-- It does not contain enforcement provisions.

-- It does not use definitions now in use in other contexts. This will create confusion.

-- It could exempt from coverage many, even most, genetically engineered foods.

Sign petitions, tweet, and call the White House  202-456-1111 asking  the President to VETO this bill.   We need  mandatory, clear, on package GMO labeling.  This bill is confusing and by allowing indirect "coded" labeling it discriminates against low income, disabled, and moms shopping with kids!   
Background  
On July 8, 2016, the U. S. Senate passed the DARK Act by a small margin, and this bill is expected to go to the House sometime during the week of July 11.   

The current version of this latest DARK Act (also known as the Roberts GMO bill) is so bad that even the Food and Drug Administration has spoken out against it! To learn more about this  click here.  


This bill is UNACCEPTABLE says Consumers Union, and must be stopped.  To read the CU statement click here.


Besides confusing consumers with QR codes instead of requiring direct, on-package labeling, this bill may be totally ineffective by carrying no penalties and exempting many or even most genetically engineered foods from mandatory labeling.  For more about this, click here.


To make matters worse, some companies and organizations that should have been our allies have sold out by supporting this bill that would make it more difficult for consumers to know what is in their foods. 
To learn more,  click here. 

This DARK Act would STOP VERMONT’S MANDATORY LABELING LAW!   Vermont’s law became effective July 1, and it is already working for all of us.  Many major companies have started to label their foods, and more will surely follow unless the U. S. Senate stops this with the DARK Act! To read more about this click here.

We cannot let Congress stop states from labeling genetically engineered foods unless there is a federal law ensuring clearly stated, on-package, mandatory labeling. 

We need to tell the President: 


Please VETO the Roberts/Stabinow GMO Bill known as the DARK Act, S764.  I want CLEARLY STATED, ON PACKAGE, MANDATORY LABELING for Genetically Engineered foods.   
 
Call the Capitol Switchboard to be connected to your Representative.    The number is 202-224-3121. 

Please call early this week between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. EASTERN Time.  
This will only take a few minutes and can make a big difference!

If you use Twitter, please tweet and retweet.  Follow @IRTKGMO and help get the word out to the President @POTUS, and the First Lady @FLOTUS!