In just a few words, the DARK (Denying Americans the Right to Know) Act (or S. 764) is yet another way for corporations and the government to take away our rights; in this case, the right to have our food properly labeled so we know what we are putting into our bodies and those of our children. Isn’t this a violation of our basic rights? This is grievous, folks and made worse by the fact that since this is a Federal law, we (the people) are banned from voting at the state level for any sort of mandatory GMO labeling.
GMO companies claim that it’s “too expensive” to label GMO foods but it’s already required in 64 countries around the world. How can America, land of the free and the great American dream, not require this?
What’s worse, perhaps, is that some 80% of the packaged foods sold in your local grocery store are completely banned in other countries due to their chemical content. The FDA has sanctioned these products perfectly safe for us Americans to consume. That should make you angry.
Want just a sampling? That Mtn. Dew you’re chugging is made with a chemical used to prevent carpet from catching fire and disinfecting your swimming pool. (Brominated vegetable oil has been linked to every form of thyroid disease we know of.) Bubble Yum has a chemical known to cause cancer in rats. Fruit Loops are made from the same stuff that produces gasoline. Frozen dinners contain compounds used to produce bleach and rubber yoga mats. Your potato chips may have a little ingredient called “olestra,” a fat substitute that causes a dramatic depletion of fat-soluble vitamins and carotenoids. Different variations of food coloring, found in items like soda, sports drinks, macaroni & cheese, cake and candy, among others, is made from petroleum and have been proven to cause various forms of cancer and can even potentially mutate healthy DNA.
The FDA says these chemicals are “permitted for direct addition to food for human consumption.” Scary. And unacceptable.
Several states – – Vermont, Maine and Connecticut – – had already passed a GMO labeling legislation, requiring GMO companies to label their products for all consumers, which is now null and void thanks to Obama’s signing off on this crap last week. Now the companies can bypass the labels in favor of an 800 number or bar code scan in order to find out exactly what is in their product.
How many people are going to call that 800 number from their grocery store aisle? And what about people without smartphones? What about the elderly or those living in rural areas or minorities?
This is a blatant push for less transparency as well as a blatant lie told by our president. Going back to his presidential campaign in 2008, he promised to label GMOs. What happened to that promise? What about Michelle Obama’s passion for good childhood nutrition? Is that only for her family? Both Obamas have publicly claimed to be on an organic food only diet, which is commendable and healthy for their family. What about my family? What about yours? Are they going to be worrying about us as they sit before their organic table? What have the presidential couple done to see that all Americans eat more nutritiously? Oh, that’s right. He signed a law into effect that takes away our rights while giving the greedy GMO companies the continued right to keep us in the dark. Thanks, Obama.
So how can we fight it? We must have Congress vote against the major GMO companies. And we need new blood in Congress to do so.
“I don’t know what kind of legacy the president hopes to leave, but denying one-third of Americans the right to know what is in the food they feed their families isn’t one to be proud of. This law is a sham and a shame, a rushed backroom deal that discriminates against low-income, rural, minority and elderly populations. The law also represents a major assault on the democratic decision making of several states and erases their laws with a vague multi-year bureaucratic process specifically designed to provide less transparency to consumers.” – Andy Kimbrell, Executive Director at the Center for Food Safety