Friday, March 11, 2016 by: L.J. Devon, Staff Writer
(NaturalNews) When Mike Pompeo (R-KS)
and G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) introduced the "Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2014" to Congress, they were nefariously supported by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO).
However, they didn't have the backing of the American people. The internet exploded with opposition against the bill. People participated in global marches, protesting against poison-promoting biotech bastards like Monsanto.
As soon as the bill was introduced, The Environmental Working Group (EWG) shone a light on its true intended purpose, and dubbed it the "Deny Americans the Right to Know" (DARK) Act. The bill tried to block the individual states from enacting their own GMO labeling laws. The bill sought to keep consumers in the dark by allowing biotech companies to continue masking their herbicides, pesticides and use of genetically modified organisms in the food supply.
DARK Act 2.0 headed for the U.S. SenateNow Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) has released a similar bill that is extremely reminiscent of the Dark Act. The bill not only seeks to stop states from requiring labeling of genetically engineered (GMO) foods, but also to stop any pending state GMO labeling laws from going into effect.
Vermont was one of the courageous states to pass a food transparency law in 2015, calling on Big Food and Big Biotech to disclose the genetically modified ingredients in their food products. Vermont's progress could be halted if DARK Act version 2.0 takes effect.
Why do Big Food and Big Biotech keep fighting against Americans' desire to know what they are putting in their bodies? If these genetically engineered ingredients and manipulations of nature are as safe as advertised, then why not be transparent about it all?
Let people make informed choices. 64 other nations around the world require some form of GMO labeling, including places like Russia and China.
If people don't know what's going into their bodies, how will the free market ever progress? When bills like the DARK Act are drafted, it becomes apparent that the federal government is owned by corporate demands. How will people ever be able to make a clear vote with their dollars if they don't know what the hell they are buying in the first place?
Food companies use the excuse that it would cost too much to disclose GMO ingredients on the label, but that is such a sad excuse, because these corporations already waste millions of dollars lobbying the federal government to block GMO labeling!
Over the first two quarters of 2015, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Kellogg's, Kraft, General Mills and Land O'Lakes disclosed $12.6 million on lobbying expenses for legislation that would stop state and federal GMO labeling. In the first half of 2015, trade associations, Big Food and Big Biotech all teamed up to spend $51.6 million to fight GMO labeling.
It's important to know which products contain genetically modified ingredients so that consumers can avoid food that has been sprayed with glyphosate. Herbicides such as glyphosate, which destroy the microbiome and initiate disease processes in the body, should be avoided whenever possible. Glyphosate is now recognized as carcinogenic.
If enough states get on board with GMO labeling laws, it would become inevitable that Big Food and Big Biotech lose their stranglehold on the American people. Instead of using millions of dollars to lobby for secrecy, they would have to use the money to create new labels that tell the public exactly what is in their products. As transparency comes, the people can then vote with their dollars whether they want to remain suppressed by agro-chemicals, or want to support more organic agriculture practices.
The health of future generations hangs in the balance.