Defeat the DARK Act!
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To no one’s surprise, the US House of Representatives Agriculture Committee, with no debate, on July 14, 2015 voted to send the DARK Act on, for consideration by the full House of Representatives. More properly known as the HR1599, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, this insidious piece of legislation has been dubbed Deny Americans the Right to Know – or DARK – Act, because of its draconian implications. Not only would this Act deny consumers the right to know what is in their food, it is a flagrant attack on our democratic institutions.
Introduced by Representatives Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) and G. K. Butterfield (D-N.C.), developed by food companies including the Grocery Manufacturers Association to further their own agenda, the Act would:
prohibit the states from enacting mandatory GMO labeling laws’
prevent states from regulating genetically modified crops, including measures that are designed to protect communities from exposure to pesticide drift from spraying GMO
weaken the FDA’s regulatory framework
create a GMO safety review system based on industry “science”
block all non-GMO claims that have not approved by a new USDA certification program that could take years to establish (so that foods could not even be labeled as “non-GMO” until and unless the new system is implemented)
would allow the regulated term “natural” to be applied to products that include GMO ingredients
If approved by the House, the bill will then move to the Senate for consideration.
We see this legislation as a desperate and blatant bid by Big Food to circumvent growing public opposition to genetically modified foods, and to the movement to require labeling of such foods so that those who wish can avoid purchasing them. It also attempts to preempt states’ rights, which has long been a cornerstone of American democracy and governance. (Several states including Vermont, Connecticut and Maine have already enacted labeling requirements for food products containing genetically-modified ingredients, and many other states are considering such legislation. )
But the underlying implications are more sinister, and are truly frightening. Combined with pressure to fast-track TPP (the so-called Trans-Pacific Partnership), and the recent removal of “country of origin” labeling (allowing US-grown livestock to be exported to countries like China for processing, and be re-exported to this country with no labeling requirement informing consumers of the food’s history), we see the DARK Act as the next move in an unprecedented consolidation of corporate power world-wide. We wonder: what’s next?
(NOTE: China has NO CONTROLS for food safety – just look at the poisonous dog foods and treats they have been shipping here!!!)
If we’re looking at the end-game of a corporate power-grab, then we need everyone to play, and fast! It is vital that you contact your Congressman immediately and go on record with your opposition to the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act. Any of the following links makes it easy:
Go here to contact your congressman directly: http://www.house.gov/representatives/
Or visit these links to help spread the word.
National Heirloom Expo:
In a matter of a few short weeks the 5th annual National Heirloom Exposition, will be held (September 8-10) at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa California. Many new and exciting elements are being added this year, and are sparking further interest from vendors, educators, chefs, and farmers!
Education about heirloom growing, sustainability, market farming, and risks of genetically modified foods will be a prime focus of many of the speakers, exhibitors, and vendors. An impressive line-up of nationally and internationally recognized speakers will include Dr. Vandana Shiva from India. More than 100 on-topic speakers will engage audiences on all things related to ‘pure-food’, ‘gardening’ and ‘farming’ throughout the entire three days.
The exhibit hall will be filled with displays of thousands of varieties of heirloom fruits and vegetables. Some of the most innovative minds will showcase items of interest to inspire others. Please bring yours!
Everyone should make an effort to attend this sharing of information about pure-foods, sustainable living, organic growing and much more.