DARK Act Update

The DARK Act, a bill that would preempt states’ rights to require labels on foods made of or containing genetically modified (GM) crops, is slowly working its way through the federal legislative system.

Passed by the U.S. House of Representatives last year, the Pompeo Act, unofficially known as the “Deny Americans the Right to Know” or DARK Act, is scheduled for introduction to the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee this week. The Ag Committee will review the bill and vote on whether to forward it to the full Senate for consideration.

The status of this bill continues to be in flux, as it was supposed to be introduced to the Ag Committee last week but this action was postponed. An excellent source of updates on this legislation is the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition’s blog.

It is especially important that Senate Agriculture Committee members hear from YOU on this issue with a message encouraging them to stay strong in their opposition, especially: Casey (PA), Heitkamp (ND), Donnelly (IN), and Klobuchar (MN), Brown (OH), Bennet (CO), Gillibrand (NY), Stabenow (MI), and Leahy (VT). Here is a link to contact information for all U.S. senators.

Click here to read the text of the bill.