The long-awaited Senate bill to kill Vermont’s
mandatory GMO labeling law was unveiled last week. It’s worse than we
imagined, the darkest DARK Act of them all.
The bill proposed by Sens. Pat Roberts and Debbie
Stabenow is an anti-consumer, pro-Monsanto masterpiece, bought and paid for
by some of the greediest, most deceptive corporations in America.
It’s full of loopholes and exemptions.
It allows food companies to “disclose” GMO
ingredients using barcode technology and websites, instead of clear words,
in plain view, on the package.
It won't kick in for another two years, even
though many food companies are already labeling in order to comply with
And here’s the best worst part: The
Roberts-Stabenow bill gives food companies permission to flaunt the law by
ensuring that there will be no penalites, no consequences, if they fail to
That's not a law. That's a joke.
I don’t know if we can stop this brazen attack on
states’ and consumer rights.
But I know we have to try.
Roberts and Stabenow didn’t act in time to keep
Vermont’s long-awaited mandatory GMO labeling law from taking effect on July
But as soon as both the House and the Senate
return after the July 4 holiday recess, Monsanto’s hired guns will move
heaven and earth to ram this bill through Congress.
This federal, so-called “mandatory” labeling law
doesn’t require labels on some of the most common GMO ingredients.
It allows regulatory agencies to set thresholds
so high that many, or most GE ingredients wouldn’t have to be labeled.
It also provides for defining “genetic
engineering” in such a way that GMO corn and soy, the main GMO crops grown
in the U.S., could be exempt.
The Roberts-Stabenow bill is so weak, it wouldn’t
be worth the Senate’s time to vote on it, except for this one fact: If
passed, the bill will achieve Monsanto’s two primary goals—overturn
Vermont’s law, and give food companies a permanent free pass to deceive the
We owe it to ourselves to see this battle through
to the end. Please call your Senators, visit their offices, then call them
If Congress fails us on this issue, we will use
every resource we have to launch massive boycotts of the brands and
companies behind this bill, including factory farm producers of meat, eggs
And with your help, we will do everything in our
power to make sure that the Congress members who sold us down the river
never serve in office again.