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President Obama Just Signed the DARK Act into Law

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By Heather Callaghan, Editor

We regret to inform you that President Barack Obama signed into law, S. 764, which was the newest manifestation of the DARK Act (Denying Americans the Right to Know).

The DARK Acts were a way to establish federal labeling – i.e. the lack of GM labeling – and would banish all state labeling initiatives under a federal standard. A brief press release by the White House simply mentioned a list of bills and S. 764, “which directs the Secretary of Agriculture to establish a national mandatory bioengineered food disclosure standard,” was listed at the end. The “disclosure standard” must be an inside joke, because the disclosure involves the consumer having to scan a QR code on a food product to find out about genetically modified ingredients, or call a 1-800 number. These measures might not even happen for another five years.

The federal measure authored by Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and fast-tracked by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (no committee, no debate) has now quelled all state efforts for clear text labeling of genetically modified organisms in food. This writer wonders whether the state labeling initiatives purposely held off their labeling efforts until 2018 – 2016 at the earliest – in anticipation of this federal measure. After all, the Senators received millions from Big Agri. Read about the tricky business involved in ramming this measure through.


Center for Food Safety reports:

Consumer, food safety, farm, environmental, and religious groups along with several food corporations representing hundreds of thousands of Americans condemned the bill when it was before Congress. The FDA said the bill’s narrow and ambiguous definition of “bioengineering,” would “likely mean that many foods from GE sources will not be subject to this bill” and that it “may be difficult” for any GMO food to qualify for labeling under the bill.

The Consumerist notes of the bill:

It also directs the Secretary of Agriculture to eventually — at some point in two to three years — come up with a national labeling standard.

However, that standard could be incredibly weak and provide virtually no information to consumers, argue opponents of the law.


[A loophole]… says food products receiving these labels must contain “genetic material.” By the FDA’s reckoning, that would seem to exempt products like oils, starches, and purified proteins even if they were sourced from GE crops.

The law also says that an item is only to be labeled as genetically modified if the modification could not have occurred through “conventional breeding.” The FDA raised concerns that the lack of specificity in the language could open this term up to an overly generous reading.

Just Label It claims that the law allows the USDA to determine what GMO information is provided through the voluntary labeling system and will make it harder for companies like Campbell’s Soup to voluntarily disclose the presence of GMOs. They also claimed that the law would deny local governments from being able to protect farmers and rural residents from the environmental impacts of GMO crops.

Andy Kimbell, executive director at the Center for Food Safety said:

I don’t know what kind of legacy the president hopes to leave, but denying one-third of Americans the right to know what is in the food they feed their families isn’t one to be proud of. This law is a sham and a shame, a rushed backroom deal that discriminates against low-income, rural, minority and elderly populations. The law also represents a major assault on the democratic decision making of several states and erases their laws with a vague multi-year bureaucratic process specifically designed to provide less transparency to consumers.

Indeed, deliberately hiding crucial food information from low-income people – or any American citizen is an act of discrimination in the highest. One that our government has pulled off many times before, standing by as people are unwittingly exposed to some type of toxin.

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    • Pedro

      For as long as the status quo exists, corporations and their lobbyists will continue to own Congress, get the laws they need to improve the bottom line passed, and further diminish the well-being of not only the American people, but others scattered all over the globe where American government and industry cares to interfere.

    • unidentified

      americans are constantly distracted by news stories about gun violence/murders, war against terrorism, racial and social inequality, the presidential election and all the bs associated with it, and we really have no idea what kiind of legislation obama has been approving for the past seven and a half years, guess the jokes on us

    • Ideas Time

      We do not have govs anymore, they are all in fact corporations and are not sovereign. DC is a foreign owned corporation offering gov services so they can loot us.

    • Radiance

      We actually don’t need the Federal Government to tell us what to do.

      I agree that most people are asleep, but IF an entire local community issues a requirement that GMOs be labeled otherwise they won’t purchase the products, and THEN the members of that community actually follow through and boycott all unlabeled products – it seems likely that manufacturers will begin to see the light.

      For example, if all of Vermont proclaims they will boycott unlabeled products and then they actually do so – You will start seeing labeling there. And if other communities or even states join them, then it becomes an even larger force for consumer wellbeing.

      You can do this with GMOs. You can do this with Roundup. Actually, Most things that the government tries to force down our throats.

    • Don - 1

      95% of USA citizens are sound asleep as were German citizens in WWII. When citizens are not concerned or too scared then ANYTHING can happen…and often does.

      The past ten years of hoaxes [Sandy Hook, etc., ], false flags perpetrated on US citizens are proof that the people of the US are under attack by their own government.

    • Anonymous

      Thats ok, as we the public have signed lots of things against him he does not know about, but will know when they happen don’t you just love surprises? Sure he will also we hope we hope we hope.

    • A Good Start

      It’s an easy fix. Just don’t buy anything that isn’t labeled “Certified 100% GMO Free” – and independently certified by the Non-GMO Project, or other reliable source. Problem solved.

    • wiseoldlady

      That NO good *#@%* Pat Roberts from my state of Kansas “AUTHORED” the satanic bill. Time to recall the establishment SOB!!! Enough of him!!! Problem is NO one of QUALITY ran against him but a Hillary lover!!! I am FURIOUS…what a stinking hypocrite!!! I will print this and tell everybody!!!! Is it too late for a recall???

    • Mr T

      BIN has been telling us that general dunford was now acting as president, yet we see Obama signing horrific laws that are hurting the American people still happening,,how about BIN only allows news that is known to be true ,

    • barebones

      A;ways assume the worst!

    • Neanderthal

      Obama cannot make laws. Geez.

    • CaptAmerica

      So much for the “most open” administration ever.

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