DARK Act Passes Senate Committee, A Coup For Big Ag Corporations

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By Brandon Turbeville

On Tuesday June 23rd, it was reported that the Senate’s Agriculture Committee had reached a deal on GMO food labeling and what is essentially a slightly modified version of what clean food proponents have labeled the DARK Act (Denying Americans the Right to Know Act).

Senators, corporations and the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association are hailing the bill as the victory for the art of compromise. While labeling proponents and otherwise thinking Americans realize that the bill is nothing more than an attempt to prevent them from actually knowing what they’re eating as well as an attempt to prevent states from making that information available to them.

Vermont’s own GMO labeling law comes into effect on July 1st but the Senate’s new bill would preempt that law and other state laws that would require food producers to simply inform consumers of the presence of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

Many national food companies have already begun adding simple, on-package GMO labels, many of them doing so in order to comply with the Vermont law proving that labeling can be achieved without economic collapse, mass starvation and the implosion of the universe.

The new bill, however, will reaffirm the alleged and disproven “scientific consensus” that GMOs are safe and allow food companies to avoid any mention of the process of genetic engineering on food packaging. GMO ingredients may be disclosed through digital codes and smart phone apps as well as phone numbers as opposed to on-package language. It would nullify the Vermont law and other laws similar to it and provide exemptions for food manufacturers that are considered very small, a designation exploited by major agricultural companies on a daily basis.

The law also allows for the USDA to determine the amount of GMOs that might be present in food before it is considered a bioengineered food. Foods that have egg products, poultry and meat as main ingredients will be exempted. There are no federal penalties provided for violation of the labeling requirements.

Some opponents of the bill point out that a provision which sets a definition of genetic engineering and bioengineering would be such a narrow definition that it could mean that foods which contain GMO soybeans or corn would not even be subject to the weak, tepid and virtually non-existent labeling requirements as proposed in the bill.

As Carey Gillam writes for the Huffington Post,

Consumer groups are vowing to blitz members of Congress with demands that they block the law, reminding them that this isn’t about politics – it’s about a consumer’s fundamental right to make an informed decision about the food they are buying for themselves and their families.

Many consumers worry that the genetically engineered crops on the market now carry potential and actual risks for human health and the environment. They worry that because most GMO crops are sprayed with glyphosate herbicide, which the World Health Organization has declared a probable human carcinogen, that GMO foods might contain dangerous levels of that pesticide. And they lack confidence in the regulatory and corporate entities that say those concerns are unsubstantiated even though the regulators require no independent safety testing of genetically engineered crops before they are commercialized for food.

The food and agrichemical and seed industry interests have brushed aside those concerns, and have acknowledged that they fear consumers will turn away from foods clearly labeled GMO in favor of non-GMO, natural or organic products.

The new agreement made by the Senate Agriculture Committee is not a compromise, nor is it a sell-out. In order for an individual to sell out, it has to first be aligned with something else. In 2016, none but the most naive Americans believe that their Senators and Congressmen have their best interest at heart. Instead, it is a coup accomplished by major corporations for the purpose of preventing consumer choice and any attempt to resist their monopoly and control of the country’s food supply. We encourage every American to get active in order to stop this bill and to simultaneously begin an offensive strategy to not only label GMOs but to ban them.

This article (DARK Act Passes Senate Committee, A Coup For Big Ag Corporations) can be republished under a Creative Commons license with  attribution to Brandon Turbeville and Natural Blaze.com.

Brandon Turbevillearticle archive here – is an author out of Florence, South Carolina. He is the author of six books, Codex Alimentarius — The End of Health Freedom, 7 Real Conspiracies,Five Sense SolutionsandDispatches From a Dissident, volume 1 and volume 2, The Road to Damascus: The Anglo-American Assault on Syria, and The Difference it Makes: 36 Reasons Why Hillary Clinton Should Never Be President. Turbeville has published over 600 articles dealing on a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties. Brandon Turbeville’s podcast Truth on The Tracks can be found every Monday night 9 pm EST at UCYTV. He is available for radio and TV interviews. Please contact activistpost (at) gmail.com.

  • RobertFl

    So what! The law doesn’t prevent the labeling of non-GMO food as such.
    Just assume that any food not labeled non-GMO, is GMO. Don’t buy anything not labeled non-GMO. Vote with your dollars, and let the free-market take care of it.
    The other thing is, stop buying processed food. Whole food is either GMO, or labeled non-GMO/organic. Broccoli does not contain soy. Broccoli with cheese sauce probably does.
    I truly can’t believe that anyone that is that concerned about GMO, is buying processed food.

  • fromaway46

    It’s still a bill, right? It has to be voted on and passed?

  • GMO’s don’t need a label, they need a complete ban, so start pushing for that instead.

  • Health Fitness Cafe

    Agreed. Unless I’m absolutely sure it’s non-GMO, I won’t buy it. Plus I’m growing more food every year. Just stop buying processed food. Expensive? Buy less other crap like cell phones, cable service, TVs, etc. The price of monthly cable service can take care of the added expense for food for most people.

  • clarioncaller

    Does anyone think that Monsatan is going to go away peacefully? They just received a ‘lifeline’ from Pepsi, who announced that aspartame would be re-introduced into diet pepsi because people didn’t like the taste of natural soda. Pepsico still includes MEK, a GE enzyme derived from aborted fetal tissue in their drinks. Yummy!!!!!!

  • gingercake5

    The TPP or TTIP (not sure which) does ban food labeling, telling people things are better than others. For example, already tuna canners can no longer label their tuna as dolphin friendly (no dolphins were harmed in the catching of this tuna). They can no longer do that because of the competitors who don’t want to live up to that standard. More of this tyranny to come, if Hillary gets elected. Anyway, don’t eat tuna because of the radiation and mercury.

  • RobertFl

    They can’t label the country of origin. That’s different – it’s still wrong, but that’s a different battle. I was against forcing manufacturers to label their products GMO. We are the ones that don’t want GMO, so we should be willing to pay extra for the “no GMO” certification, not the other way around. Fight for the definition of GMO, fight for the right to label “GMO free”.
    As for country of origin, I’m not sure what we can do about that. I think that rule is “countries are not REQUIRED to identify the country of origin”. Doesn’t mean they can’t proudly display its origins. “Made in the USA”, just like GMO labels, let the free market handle it. If country of origin is important to us, then manufacturers will do it.
    It also re-enforces, buying local, and seasonal. Might not be able to get tuna, but local chicken is probably doable.

  • spixleatedlifeform

    And be sure to tell the cable provider WHY you no longer subscribe. There’s more than one way to get the attention. Force the fence-sitting corporations to acknowledge they are victims of downstream consequences. Let THEM add pressure. Doesn’t mean you have to re-up, either. Really! Who NEEDS cable since 80% of what’s on it is either direct advertising or sports, both totally worthless to survival.

    SPLF

  • Jerry C

    I hope every one of those bastards who signed this is poisoned by the same toxic crap they’ve foisted upon us. They know they have a lot to hide or they’d not have tried to stop labelling. Why don’t we take matters into our own hands and print out own toxic/poison labels to stick on crap at the grocery store? I mean, this is an act of genocide what they just did.

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