It was a sad day for U.S. citizens when 275 members of Congress voted to approve H.R. 1599, dubbed the Dark Act, designed to make any state effort to require the labeling genetically modified organisms illegal.
Congress, in effect, has thumbed its nose at the states’ constitutional rights and the 90 percent who say that we want GMOs labeled and want the same basic rights that consumers in 60 other countries already have.
Monsanto, the chemical industry and Big Food spent $143 million lobbying against GMO labeling in 2014 and more than $51.6 million this year. Members of Congress have received $29.9 million in contributions in 2014 from groups opposing labeling of GMOs.
Yes, Congress has been bought and paid for. This bill is an assault on our democracy. Research has shown that GMO labels will not increase food prices, contrary to industry claims. The sole reason for this bill is to keep consumers in the dark about what’s in their food so companies can continue to feed us GMO foods, grown with the toxic chemical glyphosate, a suspected human carcinogen.
Please urge your senators to oppose this bill and act in behalf of their constituents, who want the right to know what is in their food.
Floyd L. Cranmer Jr.
Originally Published: Courier Post