Now that the World Health Organization (WHO) has officially declared Monsanto’s Roundup a carcinogen, it’s more critical than ever to convince state and federal lawmakers that we need mandatory, not voluntary labeling of GMOs.
What we really need is to ban glyphosate. But until that happens, shouldn’t consumers have a right to know if the food they eat was grown with the help of a chemical known to cause cancer?
What we for sure don’t need is a government-run program to voluntarily certify non-GMO foods. But that’s exactly what Congress is considering, thanks to Rep. Mike Pompeo’s (R-Kan.) reintroduction of his Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015, (we call it the “Deny Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act”) last week.
Pompeo’s bill would also strip states of their century-old right to pass food labeling laws, including GMO labeling laws like the one passed in Vermont in 2014.
OCA will continue to focus on passing more state GMO labeling laws, in order to make it more difficult for Congress to take Pompeo’s bill seriously. This year, we are focusing heavily on New England states.
But we also encourage consumers to pressure their members of Congress to support a mandatory labeling bills introduced in the House, by Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) and in the Senate, by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.). It’s critical that Congress hear from consumers that we will not settle for voluntary or non-GMO labeling guidelines. We want the right to know if our food has been genetically engineered and grown with a cancer-causing chemical.