A few months ago, the Senate released the newest version of the DARK Act, a piece of legislation that is anti-consumer, anti-transparency, and anti-labeling. It is a bill that is backed by Monsanto, the Grocery Manufacturers Association, and a dwindling number of food companies that are still trying to keep consumers in the dark.
This group, firmly entrenched in the past, has proposed voluntary electronic or QR code for consumers to scan with their smartphones to find out if their food contains genetically-modified ingredients. What’s a “QR code”? Those black and white squares you see on packaging without any words.
There is no way that this is a solution, and several of us flew to DC a few weeks later to meet with Republicans and Democrats to discuss how anti-American this proposed legislation is.
Well, apparently, it’s back.
This “compromise” is a high-tech gimmick to keep Americans in the dark about what’s really in their food. Thankfully, a petition launched to urge the Senate to reject this confusing scheme and require simple, mandatory GMO labels.
Please reach out to your local Senator (link below). Many of them have kids and grandkids, too. Talk about it in a way that resonates with them as parents.
If you’re not sure what an electronic or QR code is, you’re not alone. The processed and junk food lobby knows consumers won’t know how or won’t take the time to scan every label in the grocery store. It is only something identifiable with a smart phone.
And those who don’t own smartphones — especially disadvantaged and marginalized communities, and rural America — won’t have the ability to find out if their food contains GMO ingredients at all.
“With liberty and justice for all” or just those with smart phones?
This is not equal, and we should not stand for it.
This proposal by the the processed and junk food lobby is unacceptable. Campbell’s knows it and recently broke with the industry to demand mandatory GMO labeling for all Americans. Since then, General Mills, ConAgra, Kellogg’s, Mars and others have joined and already labeled their products if they contain GMOs.
So whose interests is the Grocery Manufacturers Association protecting? Certainly not American consumers, when these ingredients are labeled around the world, in China, India, Russia, across Europe, Japan, Australia, the UK, and on and on.
We must ensure the Senate acts in the interest of all Americans who want GMO food labeled. We must ensure that the chemical corporations making these products are held accountable.
Intel is happy to promote their products with the campaign “Intel Inside.” It’s time for the chemical companies to do the same.
If food companies can add a “QR code” square to the package without added costs, they can add the words “made with genetically engineered ingredients.” As a matter of fact, General Mills, Campbells, Kellogg’s, Mars and ConAgra already are.
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