Food & Water Watch has worked for years with allies and activists across the country to secure more transparency about what's in our food, including which products contain GMOs. People deserve to be able to decide for themselves whether or not to eat GMOs, but without clear labels, that isn't possible.
Passing GMO labeling laws in the states
Food & Water Watch was part of large grassroots efforts that successfully passed GMO labeling laws in Connecticut, Maine and Vermont, and along with our allies, we fought for ballot initiatives on labeling in California, Oregon, Washington and Colorado — some of which were defeated by razor-thin margins, despite massive and well-funded industry opposition. These campaigns show that we have people power on our side to require GMO labeling– but unfortunately, the DARK Act has set back these efforts.
The DARK Act
Despite over 90% of Americans supporting GMO labeling, the Denying Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act, a.k.a. Monsanto’s Dream Bill, was voted into law shortly after Vermont’s GMO labeling law went into effect on July 1, 2016. The DARK Act nullifies Vermont’s GMO labeling law and pre-empts other states from passing their own labeling legislation. Corporations like Monsanto and industry groups like the Grocery Manufacturers Association spent millions to get this law passed despite a massive outpouring of public opposition. The DARK Act is an affront to democracy and to Americans’ right to know what’s really in their food, but we’re not done fighting yet.
While the passage of the DARK Act is a set back the vast majority of Americans still support GMO labeling. We will work to hold members of Congress accountable for passing this law and we will keep building the movement so we can pass a new law requiring clear, mandatory on-package labeling for genetically engineered foods.
Labeling GMOs is only one part of the work we need to continue. We will keep fighting to fix the broken regulatory system that allows GMOs, and the chemicals like Roundup that are used with them, into our food and environment without adequate testing.