One of the keys to healthy living is to read the labels and understand the types of ingredients that you are consuming, and proposed legislation is in place to remove important labeling from foods in the United States. The “Dark Act,” introduced by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) will block any federal or state action to require manufacturers to label foods made with genetically modified ingredients.
Even though the public wants to know what is in their food, this act could take away your ability to know the ingredient sourcing for the foods that you buy at the grocery store.
If the Dark Act is passed, it means that you could be unknowingly purchasing and consuming genetically modified foods every time you shop at the grocery store. This act takes away your right to have information about your food, and it will tie up the hands of the state governments to take action regarding the labeling of GMO foods.
It was labeled the “Dark Act” because it has been called the “Deny Americans the Right to Know” act since it takes away important information about food sourcing. GMO food labeling has been a hot topic, and some states have been working to require GMO labeling. For example, both Maine and Connecticut passed laws that require GMO labeling, and there are over 30 other states that have been working to pass the same legislation.
Even if the states are successful with this legislation on a state level, this federal Dark Act law can override the state-level decisions.
For the past 13 years, a voluntary labeling system has been in place, which means that food manufacturers could choose if they wanted to label GMO ingredients. This process has failed, because there has not been a single company that has voluntarily chosen to label genetically engineered ingredients.
The Dark Act would make this failing, voluntary labeling system permanent and also prevent the FDA from having the ability to compel GMO labeling in the future. It would seal the deal, keeping Americans in the Dark about their food sources.
64 other countries in the world require the labeling of genetically modified ingredients, and Americans deserve to have the same information. If GMO foods are labeled, people would have the ability to choose the types of foods they want to eat, instead of blindly eating ingredients that are harmful to their health.
You may feel as though you have no control over the legislation that is passed, but the truth is that it is possible to stop this if everyone takes action. Each individual needs to take their personal responsibility to contact Congress and let them know that you support mandatory GMO labeling.
Take a few minutes to visit the link below, so that you can send an email to your members of Congress and let them know your opinion on the topic:
YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO KNOW!