The fight for food transparency and consumer rights will certainly ignite this week as a controversial bill is set to hit the senate floor.
The bill (S.2609), which was introduced by Senator Pat Roberts, would prevent individual states from passing GMO labeling laws, including the nullification of Vermont’s landmark decision, which goes into affect in July. The bill, commonly referred to as the DARK Act, would also make it harder for companies like Campbell’s to voluntarily disclose GMO information to consumers.
Worst of all, the DARK Act includes an outrageous provision that will force the USDA to create a federal program that will use taxpayer money to promote GMOs as safe in an effort to gain widespread consumer acceptance of “foods” sprayed with a likely carcinogen. What?!
The DARK Act is expected to hit the senate floor tomorrow after the Senate Ag Committee pushed it forward following a hearing on March 1st. The committee’s hearing determined one of two things. Either the senators deciding on labeling are extremely ill-informed on the issues of GMOs and requisite, carcinogenic herbicides or they are informed and are pledging allegiance to biotech and Big Food industries vs. their constituents. Are our rights being eroded because our elected officials are reciprocating favors for corrupt corporations who have been signing big checks?
The Federal Elections Commission (FEC) reports on the money pumped into DC, and the information is scandalous. Hundreds of thousands of dollars have flooded into PAC’s and senate re-election campaign funds in the past week alone. Monsanto and their corrupt buddies at the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association (GMA) will stop at nothing to protect their billions, even if it means buying off politicians and destroying our rights, while poisoning both the people and the planet in the process.
Just last week, it was revealed that the GMA violated Washington campaign finance disclosure laws in 2013 by concealing the identities of major corporate donors. The GMA raised $14 million from its members under the guise of a ‘Defense of Brands’ account, collecting millions from corporations like PepsiCo, Nestle, and Coca-Cola. The GMA then donated $11 of the $14 million to the “No on 522″ campaign in an effort to defeat the GMO food labeling initiative. The GMA violated state disclosure law by soliciting money to defeat labeling measures, then hiding the identities of the corporations funding their nefarious efforts.
“This landmark case has been a long fight for accountability. This ruling sends an unequivocal message. Big money donors cannot evade Washington law and hide from public scrutiny. My office will hold you accountable,” stated Attorney General Bob Ferguson.
It is believed the DARK Act will hit the Senate floor tomorrow, March 16th. Senator Roberts is scrambling because he does not have the votes he will need to pass his corrupt legislation and he will have to persuade a few Democrats to sign on. It is of the utmost importance that we continue to keep the pressure on our senators, with particular focus on the ones determined to sell us out. Call and email right now and demand the people, not rich corporations, be represented. Implore them to vote no on any form of the DARK Act. We have a consumer and a human right to know what is in the food we work so hard to buy to feed our families.
These particular senators could swing the vote, so start by giving them a call, email, tweet, etc. Then, find your state senator contact information here and encourage them to represent their constituents and the over 90% of Americans that are in favor of a mandatory, on package labeling standard.
Contact these senators RIGHT NOW:
1) Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN)
2) Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND)
3) Sen. Al Franken (D-MN)
4) Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
5) Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA)
Regardless of how this shakes out, pledge to March Against Monsanto on May 21, 2016. This is an international event and critical to raising community awareness about Monsanto and their numerous crimes against humanity. Find your local event here. For questions or to register a city not on our list, email [email protected] We will not stand for cronyism. We will not stand for poison.