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Tell Senate Democrats: Stand strong against Monsanto’s DARK Act

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The petition to U.S. Senate Democrats reads:

Over 90% of Americans believe genetically modified foods should be labeled, yet Monsanto and its allies are spending tens of millions of dollars lobbying Congress to block mandatory labeling. Stand strong and do not co-sponsor the DARK Act, legislation that would prevent labeling of GMO foods.

    Tell Senate Democrats: Stand strong against Monsanto’s DARK Act

    The dangerous anti-GMO labeling bill dubbed the “DARK Act” – Denying Americans the Right to Know Act – has hit a roadblock in the U.S. Senate. But it will only hold if Democratic Senators stand up to Big Food.

    Right now, as Monsanto and its allies spend millions to lobby Congress to support the DARK Act, not a single Democratic Senator has signed on to co-sponsor the bill. Without Democratic support, the DARK Act will likely fail to pass procedural hurdles to make it to the Senate floor for a vote.

    This is our opportunity to stop this bill dead in its tracks and protect our right to know what’s in our food. We must pressure Senate Democrats not to support this anti-GMO labeling legislation.

    Tell Senate Democrats: Stand strong for GMO labeling and reject the DARK Act.

    If signed into law, the DARK Act would block all state laws requiring mandatory GMO labeling, prevent the FDA from establishing a national mandatory GMO labeling program, block all state and local efforts to protect rural communities and farmers from the impacts of GMO crops, and prevent claims by food companies that non-GMO foods are better than GMO ones.

    Monsanto and the nation’s major junk food companies have spent over $50 million just in lobbying alone to protect their bottom line.1 But with over 90% of Americans supporting GMO labeling in poll after poll,2 our lawmakers must hear directly from as many of us as possible to ensure this bill doesn't move forward in the Senate.

    This is a fight we can win. The Republican sponsor of the Senate version of the DARK Act has intimated that he won’t even formally introduce the bill without Democratic support.3

    A handful of Democrats helped Republicans pass the DARK Act in the House over the summer, so we must double down our efforts to prevent this from happening again. If Democrats stand up to the barrage of corporate special interests flooding their Senate offices, we will have finally scored a major victory over Monsanto and its massive lobbying machine.

    Tell Senate Democrats: Stand strong for GMO labeling and reject the DARK Act.

    Thanks for all you do for GMO labeling.

    References

    1. Consumer Surveys, Just Label It
    2. "Big Food Companies Spend Millions to Defeat GMO Labeling," Environmental Working Group, August 4, 2015
    3. Lydia Wheeler, "GMO food fight heads to Senate," The Hill, September 21, 2015