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Saturday, March 19, 2016
The Defeat of the DARK Act
Mar. 17, 2016
On Wednesday March 16th, Americans were victorious in the most critical battle ever to hit the Right To Know movement—Congress rejected the DARK Act with a Senate vote of 49-48. This sweeping bill would have prohibited any current or future state law from requiring GMO labeling, and it would have dramatically undercut federal, state and local government oversight and regulation of GMOs (genetically modified organisms). Your phone calls, emails and petitions were heard loud and clear on Capitol Hill and drove this monumental win home.
Repeated polls show that 9 out of 10 Americans wish to know if their foods are genetically modified. With the defeat of the DARK Act, Vermont, Connecticut and Maine’s mandatory GMO food-labeling laws will stay alive, and momentum in other states will continue. To date, more than 70 GMO labeling bills have been introduced in 30 states. Starting July 1st, 2016, Vermont will be the first state to require labels that clearly state whether or not foods contain GMO ingredients.
We appreciate all the messages that poured into our offices over the past eight months since the House of Representatives first passed H.R. 1599. Concerned citizens across the country helped fight this bill to its demise. From all of us at the Non-GMO Project, thank you for your commitment to food transparency. Together, we truly are building a non-GMO future.