Yesterday, the Senate voted 49-48 to block a bill best described as the Denying Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act, which would have prevented states from passing their own GMO labeling requirements and stopped pending state GMO labeling laws like Vermont’s from going into effect. But Americans have grown increasingly assertive about their right to know what’s in their food. Poll after poll has suggested the vast majority of Americans support GMO labeling, and today the public outcry from labeling supporters stopped Big Food’s anti-labeling effort.
Thanks to the efforts of activists and volunteers from across the country, Food & Water Watch helped place thousands of calls and send over 100,000 emails to senators to let them know any compromise beside mandatory on-package labels for GMO foods is unacceptable. Food & Water Watch organizers working in 17 states throughout the U.S. worked tirelessly to pressure key senators into voting to protect our right to know what we’re eating—and every single senator we targeted voted against the DARK Act, including Senators Stabenow (D-MI), Bennet (D-CO), Brown (D-OH), Casey (D-PA), Klobuchar (D-MN), Durbin (D-IL), Collins (R-ME), and Kaine (D-VA).
While this is certainly a moment of celebration, Monsanto, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), and other biotech and big food companies will be working harder than ever to try to pass their bad bill before Vermont’s GMO labeling law goes into effect in July. They’ve already spent millions working to pass this bill, and they have too much at stake to let the DARK Act die. That’s why we need to work even harder and keep the pressure on our senators to ensure our right to know what we’re eating, and to stop this bill for good.