The DARK Act Block Consumers’ Right to Know

Learn how the DARK Act would affect GMO labeling laws and your knowledge about the food you eat.

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Dr. Oz Explains GMOs and the Dark Act (2:14)

The Senate will soon consider whether to block your right to know what’s in your food and how it’s grown.

Legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives dubbed the DARK Act – or Deny Americans the Right to Know Act – would block state GMO labeling laws and restrict FDA’s ability to craft a national mandatory GMO labeling system. H.R. 1599 would also allow companies to make “natural” claims on GMO foods.

To date, not one Senate Democrat has agreed to work with Republican Senator John Hoeven to craft a Senate version of the DARK Act. Big food and biotech companies have already spent $51 million in the first six months of 2015 to lobby Congress, but millions of calls, letters, e-mails, and visits from ordinary consumers like you are making a difference.

Polls show that nine out of ten American consumers just want the right to know – just like consumers in 64 nations that already require GMO labels.  In fact, American consumers overwhelmingly support GMO labeling regardless of age, income, race, education, or even party affiliation.

There are many reasons consumers want to choose for themselves.

One is reason that GMO crops have led an explosion in toxic herbicides linked to cancer and other serious health problems. More than 3,000 elementary schools are located within the drift zones of these dangerous weed killers.

Big food and biotech companies claim GMO labeling will increase food prices and limit our ability to feed the world. But, studies show that food companies change their labels all the time and that, so far, yields of GMO crops have not outpaced yields from conventional crops.

Besides, the debate over GMO labeling is really about transparency, not technology. People just want to know more about their food – including what’s in it, who made it, and where it was made. 

It’s time for big food and biotech companies – and their champions in the Senate -- to trust us to decide what food we bring home to our families. Click here to let the Senate know that you oppose the DARK Act.

Article written by Scott Faber
Scott Faber is the Executive Director of Just Label It and Vice President for Governmental Affairs for EWG.