On March 16th- after months of debate- the “Deny Americans the Right to Know” (DARK) Act failed to pass in the U.S. Senate. This bill is essentially intended to keep GMO labeling off of American products and keep our consumers in the Dark about what is in their food.
This bill would have prevented the genetically engineered food labeling laws in Vermont, Connecticut, Maine and Alaska – and crushed the movement for mandatory GMO labeling in the United States. This means that millions and millions of Americans are waking up to what is happening in our food system and taking a stand. There is an exorbitant amount of money being spent to keep us in the DARK, this is a huge victory and a giant leap toward progress. With dozens of other countries banning the use of GMO’s we are quite behind, but there is hope for us yet!
We can’t be sure what happened next. Hopefully the Senate will do the right thing and pass the legislation to ensure federally mandated GMO labeling. But it’s also very possible that some Monsanto-friendly “compromise” legislation will be introduced.
What can you do? Educate yourself and vote. Not only on this specific case but you are actually voting every time you shop. We spend more money on food than almost any other item (besides our homes), imagine how many dollars that puts in the hands of the “good” vs “bad” food companies. The cleaner we buy, the more clean food will be available, thus lowering the cost, improving our planet and our overall health. A fantastic website called The Food Revolution is an incredible resource where you can read a very in-depth article about the DARK Act as well as endless information about all things “clean food”.