Are you ready for some really good news? Here we go. The DARK act has been defeated in the Senate! Praise God, another loss for the evil empire.
The DARK act was actually called the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 – an Orwellian title that would produce exactly the opposite of what it promised. Its opponents dubbed it the DARK act because it would Deny Americans the Right to Know. This special piece of legislation would have prevented us from knowing whether or not the food we’re eating and giving to our children is a GMO food or not. The main promoters, as you might guess, were Monsanto and other pro-GMO corporations.
As I’ve reported to you before, GMO foods are dangerous, especially for children and the vulnerable. It’s because they are loaded with pesticides and other internal chemicals that no one has ever adequately shown to be safe. And because of the unpopularity of GMO foods among the American people, the purveyors of these food monstrosities decided the best way to deal with the problem was to pay our legislators to pass a law that would prevent us from knowing when a food was GMO. But guess what? They lost and the good guys won.
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After the DARK act passed in the House last summer, it was ever so slightly defeated in the Senate. This was in large part due to the Democrats and a few surprising Republicans. Republican Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Susan Collins (R-ME), Dean Heller (R-NV), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), and Mike Lee (R-UT) crossed over and did the right thing. They joined a majority of Democrats to vote down the legislation and preserve our freedom to know what we’re eating. The rest of the Republicans and Democratic Senators Tom Carper (D-DE), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) went to the DARK side and voted in favor of the law. And here’s the point.
It doesn’t make much difference what party you might favor. The result is clearly good for us and our children and grandchildren. And it looks like the defeat might finally get the big food companies to see the writing on the wall and do the right thing. General Mills announced last Friday that it will begin to label foods that contain GMO ingredients and Nestlé has also voiced support for mandatory labeling. So when you get a chance, please call all the Senators who voted against the DARK act and thank them. The United States is a better place for their leadership.
Yours for better health,
Frank Shallenberger, MD
Senate DARK Act Defeated! by ANH-USA ON MARCH 22, 2016 GMO NEWS, http://www.anh-usa.org/senate-dark-act-defeated/