Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015
On March 25, 2015 the bill H.R. 1599, known as The Dark Act, was introduced in the House of Representatives by Kansas Representative Mike Pompeo. On July 23, 2015 the Bill passed 275 to 150 and was referred to the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry. It is up to the chairman, U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, Kansas, to decide future of the Bill’s progression.
Out of details arise extreme controversy. “The Dark Act”, originating from the acronym “Deny Americans the Right to Know”, openly states the FDA must not require GMO food to be labeled as GMO. The bill also openly preempts state and local restrictions on GMOs or GMO food and labeling requirements for GMOs, GMO food, non-GMO food, or “natural” food. The Bill information, maintained by the library of congress, is listed here. The full Bill is here.
The introduction of the Bill immediately follows the movement from a vast amount of US states in the process of passing legislation in favor of mandatory GMO labeling. In the recent past leading up to H.R. 1599 being authored, Monsanto and other large companies with similar interests claimed they would file suit against states moving forward with GMO labeling mandates, Vermont and Maine being great examples.
Added August 10th, 2015 –As the Sponsor of the Bill, Representative Mike Pompeo continually mentions the science behind the findings during his presentation. What Mike Pompeo fails to mention is who is behind the financing of the “Independent” GMO Researchers. For example, in January of 2015, an organization called U.S. Right to Know filed state public records requests covering correspondence to and from professors who work for publicly-funded universities and agrichemical companies such as Monsanto. The requests included Public Relations firms and trade associations as well. A massive amount of emails and other records were obtained and according to the communications, the ties between allegedly objective scientists and Big Agriculture make them overwhelmingly one in the same. The material also proves the scientific evidence behind the bill and the entire food and chemical industry is bought and paid for, including Universities.