We’re literally losing the right to know what’s in our food–and we’re not okay with that.
The “Deny Americans the Right to Know” or DARK Act has enough support to pass even though most Americans are against it.
According to Green America, there are about 30,000 genetically modified food products on US grocery store shelves. These foods are the result of companies modifying seeds to produce their idea of higher crop yields. Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) may sound more like a high tech innovation than something you’d want to eat, but unfortunately, GMO products are lining most American’s pantry shelves right now.
Frankenfood or A genetically modified organism “GMO” IS A plant OR animal that has been changed by scientists.
Pro-GMO supporters claim that GMOs help grow better crops faster than through conventional farming. More, cheaper, food is a good thing, right? Well, maybe not.
Many scientists, health experts and health-conscious people alike worry about their safety. The GMO debate used to be made up of pure opinion, but today there is sufficient evidence to be concerned about the long term effect of GMO products.
The main debate of GMOs isn’t whether we should or should not allow them–the heart of the debate is simply; Should consumers be able to clearly identify GMO products or be kept in the dark.
According to WebMD up to 80% of processed foods in the U.S. are genetically modified.
Dr. Joseph Mercola, a New York Times Best Selling Author, states that genetically engineered (GE) foods should be labeled. HR 1599, incorrectly named “The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act” introduced by Rep. Pompeo with guidance from the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), was passed by the US House of Representatives on July 23, 2015. The bill is commonly referred to as the “Deny Americans the Right to Know” or DARK Act, as it extends unprecedented protection to Monsanto and other biotechnology companies while decimating state and consumer rights.
In addition to barring states from creating their own food labeling requirements for genetically modified organisms (GMOs), HR 1599 also preempts any and all state and local regulation of GE crops – increasing corporate control of our food systems. Adding insult to injury, HR 1599 will allow GMOs to be labeled as “natural,” while forcing the the burden of cost to conventional food providers, requiring a federal certification to be labeled as non-GMO. HR 1599 clearly flies in the face of polls showing that 94 percent of Americans think GMO labeling should be mandatory, which makes it even more obvious that our political system has become corrupted to the core.
Where is all the GMO support coming from?
As reported by Open Secrets, 7 House members who voted to ban GMO labeling received on average three times more money from the agribusiness during the 2014 election cycle than those who voted against it.
“All told, the 230 Republicans and 45 Democrats who voted to pass the bill collectively received over $29.9 million from the agribusiness sector and food and beverage industry during the 2014 cycle, or about $108,900 per member,” Open Secrets reports.
Globally, twenty-six countries, including Switzerland, Australia, Austria, China, India, France, Germany, Hungary, Luxembourg, Greece, Bulgaria, Poland, Italy, Mexico and Russia have all banned GMOs. We believe we have a right to know what is GMO and what is not, period. Most Americans (and 26 countries) seem to agree there is some reason for concern.