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  Stop this terrible bill
  by AMANDA BYRNES, Food and Water Watch

The U.S. Senate could take up “Monsanto’s dream bill” to prevent mandatory labeling of genetically engineered (GMO) food, any day now. It already passed in the House of Representatives, so we need to stop this terrible bill in the Senate. Can you ask your Senators to oppose this attempt to take away labeling for genetically engineered foods?

In poll after poll, more than 90 percent of people want food to be labeled if it contains genetically engineered ingredients. Several states have already passed laws requiring labeling, including Vermont, where labeling would go into effect next summer unless this awful bill passes through Congress and is signed into law by President Obama.

That’s right, this bill could overturn popular, democratically enacted state laws.

Our Senators are already hearing from Big Food lobbyists, so it’s critical that they hear from all of us too.

Industry lobbyists have been busy, and it looks like some members of Congress may be confused about the misleadingly named “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act.” On the surface, it sounds good, right? But there’s a reason people who’ve read the bill call it the “Deny Americans the Right to Know Act” (DARK Act). This bill would prohibit any states from labeling GMOs and make federal labeling voluntary, which is what we have already — and not a single product is labeled as containing genetically engineered ingredients.

Tell your Senators that voluntary labels don’t work if companies are trying to keep secrets.

The food industry has spent millions lobbying Congress and federal agencies to keep labels off GMO foods and to defeat labeling initiatives in multiple states. Genetically engineered ingredients are already in many processed foods, but because they’re unlabeled, it’s hard to avoid them.

GMOs are largely untested, and it’s not fully known how they may be impacting our health and the environment. At the very least, we should have access to information that allows us to avoid GMOs if we want to. We already have labels that tell us about sugar, fat and potential allergens, so this shouldn’t be a big deal.

If corporate profits depend on keeping us in the dark, there’s something very wrong. Urge your Senators to stand up to corporate lobbyists and to oppose this blatant attempt to take away your right to know what’s in your food.
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