If you would like see GMO foods labeled, now is a critical time to contact your elected Congressional officials. Right now, Congress is debating a proposed law that would block mandatory GMO labeling at the national and state levels. Benignly titled the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, this bill establishes new barriers to a national mandatory labeling system, and undermines the public will by nullifying GMO labeling laws already on the books in Vermont, Connecticut, and Maine. It would also prevent states from passing any future GMO labeling laws.
Mandatory GMO labeling advocates have dubbed this bill the Denying Americans the Right-to-Know, or DARK, Act, and we agree that it would deny Americans the right to know what’s in their food. The Brattleboro Food Co-op opposes this bill.
Contact Congress: Three Easy Steps
It takes only about ten minutes to contact your representatives using the GovTrack website. Just follow these steps:
1. Go to this website: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/114/hr1599
2. Click “Call Congress” and follow the prompts. If you support mandatory GMO labeling, click “oppose” the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act. You will be able to look up your representatives by entering your address, and have an opportunity to email your lawmaker or have a congressional staffer call you at a number you provide.
3. Remember to complete steps #1 and #2 for your two Senators and one House Representative.
If you’re feeling shy or nervous about communicating your viewpoints, know that your phone call or email will be answered by a staff person who has been trained to listen to your viewpoint and convey it to your congressperson—they will not debate or challenge you.
Visit www.justlabelit.org and www.strongertogether.coop/GMObill for more information.
"As a [citizen, parent, chef, farmer, etc.], I want to know what’s in the food I’m eating and feeding my family. That is why I support mandatory GMO labeling. I urge you to oppose the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act."
"The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act undermines the public will by pre-empting mandatory GMO labeling laws already passed in Vermont, Maine and Connecticut."
"The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act sets up a system for voluntary labeling. Food companies have been allowed to make GMO claims since 2001, but to date, no company has voluntarily labeled its products as containing or produced using GMOs."
"Instead, I urge you to support the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act which is the only federal bill that would require mandatory GMO labeling and thereby eliminate the need for state-by-state GMO labeling laws. This bill would also reduce consumer confusion by ending “natural” claims on foods with GMO ingredients."