President Obama Just Signed the DARK Act Into Law

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By Heather Callaghan, Editor

We regret to inform you that President Barack Obama signed into law, S. 764, which was the newest manifestation of the DARK Act (Denying Americans the Right to Know).

The DARK Acts were a way to establish federal labeling – i.e. the lack of GM labeling – and would banish all state labeling initiatives under a federal standard. A brief press release by the White House simply mentioned a list of bills and S. 764, “which directs the Secretary of Agriculture to establish a national mandatory bioengineered food disclosure standard,” was listed at the end. The “disclosure standard” must be an inside joke, because the disclosure involves the consumer having to scan a QR code on a food product to find out about genetically modified ingredients, or call a 1-800 number. These measures might not even happen for another five years.

The federal measure authored by Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and fast-tracked by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (no committee, no debate) has now quelled all state efforts for clear text labeling of genetically modified organisms in food. This writer wonders whether the state labeling initiatives purposely held off their labeling efforts until 2018 – 2016 at the earliest – in anticipation of this federal measure. After all, the Senators received millions from Big Agri. Read about the tricky business involved in ramming this measure through.

Center for Food Safety reports:

Consumer, food safety, farm, environmental, and religious groups along with several food corporations representing hundreds of thousands of Americans condemned the bill when it was before Congress. The FDA said the bill’s narrow and ambiguous definition of “bioengineering,” would “likely mean that many foods from GE sources will not be subject to this bill” and that it “may be difficult” for any GMO food to qualify for labeling under the bill.

The Consumerist notes of the bill:

It also directs the Secretary of Agriculture to eventually — at some point in two to three years — come up with a national labeling standard.

However, that standard could be incredibly weak and provide virtually no information to consumers, argue opponents of the law.

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[A loophole]… says food products receiving these labels must contain “genetic material.” By the FDA’s reckoning, that would seem to exempt products like oils, starches, and purified proteins even if they were sourced from GE crops.

The law also says that an item is only to be labeled as genetically modified if the modification could not have occurred through “conventional breeding.” The FDA raised concerns that the lack of specificity in the language could open this term up to an overly generous reading.

Just Label It claims that the law allows the USDA to determine what GMO information is provided through the voluntary labeling system and will make it harder for companies like Campbell’s Soup to voluntarily disclose the presence of GMOs. They also claimed that the law would deny local governments from being able to protect farmers and rural residents from the environmental impacts of GMO crops.

Andy Kimbell, executive director at the Center for Food Safety said:

I don’t know what kind of legacy the president hopes to leave, but denying one-third of Americans the right to know what is in the food they feed their families isn’t one to be proud of. This law is a sham and a shame, a rushed backroom deal that discriminates against low-income, rural, minority and elderly populations. The law also represents a major assault on the democratic decision making of several states and erases their laws with a vague multi-year
bureaucratic process specifically designed to provide less transparency to consumers.

Indeed, deliberately hiding crucial food information from low-income people – or any American citizen is an act of discrimination in the highest. One that our government has pulled off many times before, standing by as people are unwittingly exposed to some type of toxin.

In the face of so much opposition when it comes to labeling, it’s easy to think, what now, it’s time to give up – If we demand GM labeling, then the companies will refer us to a number or code. 

Keep demanding for clear labels! And remind them that the average could not possibly scan each code or call each number of every label. We are talking about an important ingredient – the very make-up of the engineered plant itself, and Americans deserve to know. If labels are this convoluted and shrouded then the consumer can refuse to buy – which is the best food choice they can make anyway.

Remember how Big Food and the Grocers Manufacturer Association claimed that a label would be too confusing, too costly and too scary for consumers – oh, the irony!

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  • No wonder the establishment want to Stop Trump or any one who will stop all these people from getting richer on corruption and lies.

  • squeeze127

    Your elected officials, bought and paid for by Monsanto, Dow Chemical, DuPont, Syngenta, et al! 80% of the population wants their food labeled, but your officials took the money and ran!

  • Mark Owen

    Stabenow and Peters from Mi. Both Obama worshipping fools just like the rest of the Communist I mean the Dem Party. Hillary is all set up for the White House, the fix is in. Voter fraud will be rampant and all Dem Secretarys of State will make sure the electoral college will be bent Hillarys way. The GOP doesn’t have the cajones to stand up to them. The NWO has all their ducks in a row. Their treachery is almost complete!

  • ONLYJB1

    Oh, just imagine the amount of bribe money that was gathered by these corrupt politicians in order to get this legislation passed. How do house members continue to sit on their hands and do nothing? My God, is it not time to finally destroy all the illegal federal government departments and agencies? Corruption, bribery and treason. Is it not time to fire up the old hanging tree?

  • TheGeezer

    This is (part of) why I am not voting for my one-term congresswoman. The letter I received after my questioning why she voted in favor of this bill said that food companies may label if they want to, they just don’t have to.
    I am really not too worried about this legislation because smart companies are in fact labeling their products because they are smart enough to know the trend and how it will affect their bottom line. In spite of the government, the market will correct this. This is just another example of the deep corruption we need to correct.

  • BuddyBoy53

    So let me get this straight. You have to jump through hoops with tight regulations and high fees to label healthy food organic but have no restrictions at all to sell poisonous food. Then they turn around and complain about rising healthcare costs as they poison the population. Nice! D.C. Corruption hard at work with population control.

  • Gary Scholl

    Another example of greed corruption and another display of Obama’s disdains Americans.

  • Gnat60

    People say they want to know what their eating, however monsanto and friends doesn’t want you to know, so what does the corporate controlled government do? Exactly what Mon-Satan wants… Think people have any say in what their government says and does? lol

  • Hambone

    Hey oboma et al. If you are going to be paid off, then you could at least give me some of that money you were given.

  • Hambone

    All I can say is Trump 2016!!

  • Take 1 pro

    This government is so constipated the only effective remedy is to clean out the system. Think enema! Vote the crap out!

  • needful

    time to slop the hogs!!!

  • concerned

    Not surprising but so appalling. Can’t stand this POS and can’t wait til he is out, as long as we don’t get more of the same in there.

  • George Henry

    What a corrupt, dangerous, and treasonous government we have. From the White House on down thru congress, each and every one of these people should be criminally liable for the death, disease, and hardship eating GMO’s will cause. These frankenfoods are largely soaked in glyphosate, a probable carcinogen along with other weedkillers like 2,4D and DIcamba. This is not only a travesty, but these people are complicit in a holocaust being perpetrated on humanity by Monsanto and their ilk. Disgusting!

  • Kevin

    Like he’s going to do anything, please! Has he spoke on anything GMO? I wonder if you realize every president we’ve had in our existence has been a corporate puppet. Yep for the same banks and corporations that have had a stranglehold in government. Maybe you don’t remember how JFK went out, you go against your controllers and get assassinated! Don’t think it can’t happen to Trump, think again!

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