Target: Rodney Davis, House Representative and Chairman of the sub-committee Biotechnology, Horticulture and Research
Goal: Don’t stop states from requiring that foods containing GMOs be labeled as such.
States could soon be prevented from implementing food labeling laws if a newly introduced bill is passed into law. If this bill is not squashed, big food companies will play a much bigger role in controlling human health than actual consumers who purchase food.
The “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act” is better known to advocates as “The Dark Act” (The Deny Americans the Right to Know Act) because the potential law would not only legally prevent states from requiring that foods containing genetically engineered ingredients be labeled, but it would also make it so states would be unable to propose specific food labeling laws. Just as bad, if this bill were to become law, bills that have already been presented in other states requesting food labeling laws would be quelled. In fact, putting these types of labels on food would become voluntary on the federal level.
The bill also threatens to put the safety standards of America’s food “in the hands” of the Secretary of Health and Human Services, making one person in charge of labeling food and giving that person sole control over what food labels would say pertaining to genetically modified ingredients. Of course, the bill is being supported by big food giants like Monsanto, since they are currently losing massive amounts of money to the organic food industry and to companies that label their food products as being “non-GMO verified” (foods that do not contain genetically modified organisms).
Sign this petition to let the big food bullies know that your health belongs in “your hands” and not in theirs. If we lose the right to demand our foods be labeled, many people will likely continue to be plagued with incurable diseases as a result of making poor food choices.
Dear Representative Davis,
As you know, a bill aimed at preventing states from requiring that labels be placed on foods saying whether or not those products contain genetically modified ingredients has been introduced to your committee. Making this bill a reality will take the future of food health “out of the hands” of consumers and put it “in the hands” of greedy food giants like Monsanto.
States would no longer have anything to do with food labeling laws, as whether or not to label genetically engineered foods would become a voluntary option across the country. Even states such as Hawaii that have fought for such laws would have to immediately halt their efforts.
In addition, the decisions of whether or not to label foods would be made by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. This person would also control how foods are labeled, making it more difficult for companies who are trying to be transparent about the ingredients they use in their food products.
More than ninety percent of people living in the United States believe that all food companies should be required to reveal if the foods that they make contain genetically modified ingredients. Yet, because big food companies are losing money to the organic industry and to companies who choose to properly label the food they make, these companies want to ensure the American public remains uneducated about potential harmful ingredients in their food.
For all of these reasons, I urge you to fight this bill and to demand Americans be allowed to keep fighting for the right to know what is in their food. If this right is taken away, it is my food health and yours that will soon be “in the hands” of big government, instead of rightfully “in the hands” of the individual.
[Your Name Here]
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